Lambeth council praised for fire safety response

by Sheena Salmon

Local residents have today praised the reaction of Lambeth council to fire safety concerns as the ongoing investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy gathers pace. Across the country residents have nervously awaited the results of fire safety tests on their buildings, some have been evacuated. Lambeth council today issued a statement of their findings.

‘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’.

Local resident Penny Roberts and tenant of Vauxhall Gardens Estate said ‘It’s been a really frightening time for all of us. I live alone with three small children, I can’t imagine how I could possibly manage if something like that were to happen here’. She added ‘We all know how frustrating it is to report concerns and feel that you’re being ignored, but the fact that Kensington council ignored such serious concerns is just appalling. This cannot be allowed to happen again. We need to know that everything that can be done is being done, we need to know we are safe’.

Residents of North Kensington have become increasingly angry since the tragedy in which more than 80 people many of them children, lost their lives. Long term resident and local business owner of security company Kensington Guards Richard Smith said ‘We keep being told that this is not political but every one of us who saw that tower burn know in our hearts what it was. We know if those people were residents of a private block it would never have happened. I live in a low rise with no cladding but it could have been me, my children, it could have been any of us. We need justice for those families and we need it now’.

Darryl Staff of Lambeth Towers praised Lambeth council’s response saying ‘They have been really good. I’ve had no problem getting through to them, they’ve kept in touch with us and the residents association and although it’s quite frightening I do feel safe. I do feel they’re doing all they can’.

Lambeth council today issued a further statement;

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 HMfiresafety@lambeth.gov.uk. 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 HMfiresafety@lambeth.gov.uk.

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