FIFE Council started looking more than three years ago for the type of "crumbling" concrete that's led to the closure of scores of schools and public buildings across the UK.

They have again maintained that none of their properties are at risk of collapse but further checks are being made, and council houses will be included, in the wake of the controversy over RAAC (reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete).

It's a product that was readily used between the 1950s and 1990s but there has been a scare over the past couple of months with the realisation it is unsafe and early reports that it is present in around 40 Scottish schools, as well as hospitals and other public facilities.

Asked about its presence during question time at the full council meeting, Councillor Altany Craik responded: "In February 2020 the school estate was specifically reviewed for RAAC and it was not identified, likewise it was not identified in the wider estate.

Dunfermline Press: An update on RAAC was given to councillors at the Fife Council meeting on Thursday.An update on RAAC was given to councillors at the Fife Council meeting on Thursday. (Image: Newsquest)

"In light of the recent media interest we have initiated further precautionary reviews across all our buildings.

"This includes double checking the school estate as well as the remainder of the council's public buildings, and those used by trusts and Cireco."

Earlier this month the Scottish Government said public buildings containing RAAC posed "no immediate risk" to school pupils or hospital patients.

At that time Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, and Dunfermline MSP, Shirley-Anne Somerville said around 40 schools were affected and that ministers had known this since last year.

Cllr Craik told councillors that the RAAC checks "will extend to all the buildings the council owns, manages, leases or leases to third parties".

He continued: "A precautionary review of council houses has also been initiated.

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"Although at an early stage it is not anticipated that the review will identify any significant challenges with RAAC in the council's housing stock."

Cllr John Beare said: "Given the concerns in the community about this particular type of building product, which ceased to be used in 1982 after the factory manufacturing it closed down, I think it's important that there is, on the record, an assurance that there is no RAAC or no RAAC has been identified in any council building, buildings that it leases or our ALEOs (arms length external organisations) use."