Action to Tackle School Vandals

Having previously contacted Aberdeen City Council to seek action to tackle the spate of vandalism at Tullos Primary School, Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, was pleased to receive correspondence from Aberdeen City Council confirming that they intend to improve security at the school.

After hearing of the disruption caused by vandalism and arson over the Christmas period, Dame Anne contacted Valerie Watts, Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council to ask whether the Council would consider extending CCTV to the part of the building where the nursery is situated. The spot has provided an easy target for vandals as the only on-looking property has lain empty for some time and had been targeted on a number of occasions.

Dame Anne said: “The vandalism to the nursery unit was not only disruptive to those children who attend the nursery but also disrupted the education of those pupils whose classrooms had to be used to accommodate the nursery classes. I am, therefore, pleased that the Council have committed to extending the CCTV coverage and are also considering additional measures to improve the overall security of the building. I understand this spot had been targeted previously and the cost of repairing the damage could have been avoided by taking action earlier.  I do hope there will be no more disruption to the pupils.”

Local Councillor Yvonne Allan had contacted the Head Teacher of Tullos Primary School direct to offer her help and was advised that they desperately required better security in each classroom.  Following the news that the CCTV was to be extended she said: “I am delighted that finally something is to be done.”