SCHOOLS in Conwy are unlikely to be affected by crumbling concrete panels.

Ysgol David Hughes and Ysgol Uwchradd Caergybi on Anglesey have closed amid concerns regarding concrete; reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC) was found at both schools.

Conwy County Borough Council said they have a "regular inspection programme" for all properties and have not identified concerns relating to RAAC.

A spokesperson said: "Prior to the publishing of the DfE August 2023 revised guidance, we had already supplemented this regime for all properties that could potentially be affected, by commissioning independent engineers to undertake further testing to confirm if there any issues and are awaiting the completion of this work and their final report.

"The Chief Executive, Strategic Directors, Leader and Cabinet Members met with the relevant services yesterday (Monday) and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

"In addition, it has been confirmed that Welsh Government has also commissioned a survey of all state funded schools and colleges. We’ll work closely with them on this matter."

RAAC concrete is a cheap, lightweight alternative to traditional concrete mixes. It was used in thousands of buildings throughout the UK between the 1950s and 1990s. It has an estimated 30 year lifespan.

Janet Finch-Saunders, MS for Aberconwy, is calling on the council to release a statement clarifying whether any schools or public buildings in the county have RAAC concrete.


She is also calling on the local authority to release what inspections and pre-cautions have taken place to ensure the safety of buildings.

Ms Finch-Saunders said: "It is vital that Conwy County Borough Council issue a statement clarifying whether any schools or public buildings in the county have this concrete, and if so whether the buildings are safe.

“This issue is understandably of great concern to my constituents, and many have contacted my office for answers.

“I urge Conwy County Borough Council to reassure it’s residents by making their understanding of the issue, and planned next steps, clear.”