Following a meeting yesterday evening with parents of pupils from Eoligarry, MP Angus MacNeil has expressed consternation at the issue surrounding the ventilation at Eoligarry School canteen.

Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said:

“After the meeting, I asked to see the famous ventilation system, it turns out to look no more than a glorified extractor fan.  The fan does work on one of the settings but the boost setting doesn’t work.  It is possible that the problem could be a switch or a fuse, meaning the cost to repair could be £5 rather than £5,000.  It seems that the Comhairle has not been to look at the ventilation system but instead has marched ahead with threatening to close the canteen, preventing children from getting food freshly cooked on the school premises.

Eoligarry canteen, has one of the highest uptakes of school dinners in the islands and parents attribute that to the skill of their long-serving and caring cook who is now threatened with redundancy.

The Comhairle need to clarify why the cost of £5000 has been attached to repairing a piece of equipment that hasn’t been assessed.  I am now writing to Bernard Chisholm, Director of Education, who disappointingly wasn’t at the meeting last night, to ask that the ventilation system be looked at to confirm when it was last serviced.

This is fast turning into a farce, the Comhairle would be wise to withdraw the threat to Eoligarry canteen.