COUNCIL bosses have authorised emergency repairs to replace a school’s boiler and remove asbestos in the process.

Blackburn with Darwen Council estimates it will cost about £40,000 to carry out the work at Roe Lee primary school in Emerald Avenue, Blackburn.

They say the boiler at the school is old and is not functioning efficiently.

Executive member for education, Cllr Maureen Bateson, said: “There is a significant risk that the boiler will not last more than a few more months and we need to take proactive action to ensure that the school is not at risk of heating issues heading into the winter period. In addition, and prior to replacing the boiler, work would be required to remove asbestos within the boiler room.

“If the works are not progressed in a timely manner and the boiler ceases to function, there is potential for significant disruption to the school and its ability to remain operational.

“This would be a risk to the local authority in respect of the need to source alternative education accommodation whilst the works were undertaken.”

The pre tender estimate costs for the required works is £40,907 and is inclusive of fees.

An underspend of £58,000 has been reported on the completed Roe Lee Ventilation capital scheme.

Approval was granted to move £41,000 of the unspent/unallocated budget from the closed ventilation scheme to fund the costs of the boiler works.

Once completed, any unspent grant will go back into the unallocated grant pot to be used on future schemes.