A councillor has said it is “incredibly important” that young people are going to school in a “safe and comfortable environment” after concerns about issues at a local secondary.

As we previously reported, an issue with the roof at St Luke’s High in Barrhead meant that a small section of the school had to be closed off on Tuesday, January 23.

East Renfrewshire Council took to social media to make people aware of the problem, but the post prompted a flurry of responses from people concerned about conditions at the school.

Among the concerns raised were a “horrendous smell".

Councillor Chris Lunday, who represents Barrhead, Liboside and Uplawmoor, told the Barrhead News: “I am aware of the issues with St Luke's and many parents have been in touch with me regarding these issues.

“I think it's incredibly important that young people are going to school in a safe and comfortable environment.

“It must be very difficult for pupils to learn in an environment that smells or feels unsafe in any way.

“I will be working with the council regarding these issues and hope that they are able to resolve the issues soon.”

More specifically concerns were raised about asbestos potentially being disturbed during a ceiling collapse and the smell potentially being from a burst pipe.

One person on social media reported that "apparently there has been a constant smell of excrement in some of the classrooms".

An East Renfrewshire Council spokesperson said: “The roof issues at St Luke’s High, caused by the recent adverse weather, were repaired the same day and there was minimal disruption caused.

“All necessary precautions were taken to move pupils away from the area impacted.

"The unpleasant odour was unrelated and was due to a problem with the waste pump from a water cooler, which has also now been rectified."