Public reminded to stay away from fire-affected Peebles High School site

Peebles High School fire

Published: Tuesday, 24th December 2019

Members of the public are being reminded to stay away from the fire-affected Peebles High School site over the Christmas break.

Over the holiday period works will be ongoing at the site and areas of it remain unsafe. The site is secured, with security staff, CCTV and regular police patrols in place.

From 3 January there will be public access to the 2G pitch, bookable via Live Borders at the Gytes, in person or over the phone. No changing or toilet facilities will be available however.

Further updates

Further updates continue to be provided via www.scotborders.gov.uk/phsfire, with additional frequently asked questions added on Tuesday 24 December.

Chief Executive Tracey Logan

 “We are aiming to begin the process of returning pupils to the site during February, and as such there will be work ongoing over the Christmas break, both on site and with a range of staff supporting from a corporate perspective.

“This includes preparations for locating temporary classroom and toilet facilities within the grounds early in the new year, which a building warrant has now been submitted for.

“Some areas of the building affected by the fire remain unsafe and it is vital that people do not try to access the site for any reason – both for safety reasons and to ensure that work can progress as quickly as possible.”

Reiterating the safety message, Chief Inspector Stuart Reid

“I cannot stress enough how dangerous this area remains and fencing has been put up for everyone’s safety. People should stay away from the area and we will be carrying out patrols to reinforce this message.

“Anyone caught within the school or tampering with the fence will be dealt with appropriately.

“The school is currently a construction site and is therefore out of bounds, and I would ask anyone who witnesses anyone in the grounds to call us at the time on the 101 number, or 999 if it is an emergency.”