EDUCATION bosses in North Ayrshire have ruled out cutting off the bottom of classroom doors to improve ventilation in schools in the wake of the pandemic.

The Covid mitigation measure was suggested at Holyrood recently - before being widely ridiculed by safety experts.

At a virtual council meeting last month, Saltcoats Councillor Jim Montgomerie - the Cabinet member for green new deal and sustainability - said: “I can confirm that if any alterations are required, cutting the bottom off doors will not be one of the options considered as this could affect the fire rating performance of the door.

“Following analysis of monitoring results, if officers determine that the most appropriate way to increase air flow is by adapting a door, we would achieve this by installing a proprietary air transfer grille.”

Kilwinning Councillor Donald Reid said he was pleased to see common sense had prevailed.

Cllr Reid said: “I’m grateful that common sense has been followed in North Ayrshire and that building standards are being followed.”

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