“NO GRENEFELL-TYPE’ CLADDING IN OUR MEDIUM OR HIGH RISE BLOCKS” – LAMBETH / SOUTHWARK HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS FIRE SAFETY / LEWISHAM’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE AMONG COUNCIL STAFF HELPING AT KENSINGTON

“NO GRENEFELL-TYPE’ CLADDING IN OUR MEDIUM OR HIGH RISE BLOCKS” – LAMBETH

Lambeth council say they do not have any cladding on any of their medium/high rise residential blocks of the same form and construction as that reported to have been used at Grenfell Tower.

“All of our recent work to bring homes up to the Lambeth Housing Standard (last five years) has installed ‘Rockwool’ cladding that is fundamentally different” said a council statement issued today (June 26th).

“But as part of a wider investigation by the government, we are carrying out further investigations on all our fully and partially clad blocks – Lambeth has 122 medium/high rise blocks (six storeys and above), of which 31 have some form of cladding.

“This is to review the exact composition and installation, and to ensure its safety.

“We ask residents not to be alarmed if they see contractors on site carrying out work that may include removing small parts of the cladding for testing.  “This is an ongoing process, and the sampling should be completed this week.

“With regards to the reports of one building in Lambeth having cladding that has failed fire safety testing, the building in question is one built, owned and managed by Network Homes, a housing association, rather than a Lambeth council housing block.

“The London Fire Brigade carried out a full fire safety inspection of the building on Saturday 24 June and has confirmed that because of its multiple up to date fire safety features (including sprinklers), it does not need to be vacated.

“While this block is not a Lambeth council property, we are of course working closely with its landlords to ensure everything is in place to ensure resident safety.

“We continue to urge all residents to familiarise themselves with Lambeth’s fire safety advice, which can be found online.

“Any concerns regarding fire safety in your home, or your block, should be reported to Housing Management on 020 7926 6000 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm) or

SOUTHWARK HOLD PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS FIRE SAFETY

Southwark council are holding the first of a series of  meetings to address residents’ concerns about fire safety in the borough following the Grenfell Tower disaster tonight (Monday).

The first will take place on Monday 26 June at the Old Kent Road Fire Station, 405 Old Kent Road at 7pm.

All are welcome but please arrive early to secure a place. A second meeting is being planned for a later date and the council say they will release details as soon as they are confirmed.

The council have issued the following fire safety information for residents in the wake of Grenfell:

The fire at Grenfell Tower is horrifying for us all and the council has been supporting colleagues at K&C who are working non-stop to support those affected.
Of course it brings back memories for Southwark, and we learned many lessons from the tragic fire at Lakanal in 2009 and have invested £62m to improve the safety of all our council properties.
Our priority is always the safety of residents and we have done a huge amount of work, considering the best way to make residents across our huge and diverse estate more safe.
We work closely with the London Fire Brigade to carry out Fire Risk Assessments for all our blocks, develop our fire safety plans, and consider the needs of each block.
Our focus has been on preventing fires, having early warning systems (heat and smoke alarms in every habitable room) and preventing those that do occur from spreading through better compartmentation, which experts agree should be the focus.
Since we have carried out our fire safety works and fire risk assessments of all our blocks, several fires have started but been contained to one flat or even room because of the fire safety works we’ve done.
The London Fire Brigade visit and inspect our blocks regularly.

We follow the current regulations, but if new learning comes from Grenfell we will of course, with other councils, consider whether changes need to be made, as our priority is always the safety of our residents. We have ordered a full review of our fire safety strategy.  (Source: Southwark council press release)

LEWISHAM’S CHIEF EXECUTIVE AMONG COUNCIL STAFF HELPING AT KENSINGTON

Lewisham’s chief executive Barry Quirk is among senior staff from councils across London helping Kensington and Chelsea council in the wake of the Grenfell tower disaster.

In a statement Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, said Mr Quirk was providing “interim leadership support to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Sir Steve Bullock added: “London local government is working together to support the people affected by the horrific consequences of the Grenfell Tower fire.

“Since late last week, the chief executives of the City of London, Westminster, Southwark, Brent and other senior officers, have been working as part of the Grenfell Tower response team to support the victims, their families, and those who have lost their homes.

“I have agreed that our chief executive will join them to help stabilise the managerial structures of Kensington & Chelsea council, following the resignation of  Kensington & Chelsea chief executive Nicholas Holgate.

“This will be a temporary arrangement while a replacement chief officer for Kensington & Chelsea is identified and appointed.

“We have well-established processes for internal leadership cover here in Lewisham and expect Barry’s new responsibilities to last for a very short period. “I therefore do not intend to make any changes to our own structures at this time.

“I am incredibly proud of the support Lewisham has shown to the people of Kensington and Chelsea following the disaster. “Eleven members of Lewisham council staff have supported residents who were made homeless by the fire and helped run rest centres. “We stand ready to offer further support along with our fellow boroughs across London.” (Source: Lewisham council press release.)

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