SCHOOL support services in the Wee County could be temporarily moved due to issues with buildings and planned extensions.

A special Clackmannanshire Council meeting will this week hear how the condition of the roof at the Clackmannanshire Schools Support Services (secondary) building has deteriorated.

Documents to be tabled highlight the repair works could be in excess of £800,000 at the building on Bedford Place in Alloa for roof coverings, chimneys, guttering and more.

On Friday, July 10, councillors will be asked to approve the temporary relocation of the service to the former St Bernadette's Primary School in Tullibody.

The service helps pupils with additional support needs across the Wee County, with a focus on keeping young people in mainstream settings.

A limited number of places is also available within the service's building to support pupils and facilitate their return to mainstream schools wherever possible.

Prior to the coronavirus lockdown, the council carried out essential maintenance as well as wind and watertight work at the property to rebuild three chimneys and repoint defective stonework on the roof.

Defective slates were also replaced with projected costs in the region of £50,000.

Further timber rot decay was discovered, however.

The dormer gable walls on the east and west were also observed to be showing "structural distress", according to council documents.

Papers to be tabled said: "Initial visual inspections by the structural engineer resulted in an instruction to close the property until further inspections and subsequent works are commissioned.

"Significant structural restoration works are anticipated which are likely to involve a considerable level of investment and will keep the building closed for the medium term."

Further complicating the issue is the fact the building is located within a known conservation zone and is a Class C listed property.

Proposals are to refurbish the former St Bernadette's building in Tullibody to accommodate the secondary support service.

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Joining secondary school support as it moves to Tullibody could be the Clackmannanshire Schools Support Service (primary), which is located at Park PS in Alloa.

This is due to the need to create additional space there for two additional P1 classes, about 60 pupils.

The council was due to extend the existing Park Nursery to expand early learning and childcare provision ahead of the next school term.

However, work had to be halted due to Covid-19 and "the facility will not be available for some months".