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Review of fire safety of high rise residential buildings across Stockton-on-Tees is complete

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A review of the fire safety of high rise buildings across Stockton-on-Tees is complete.

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Place Select Committee carried out the scrutiny review following the major fire at Grenfell Tower in West London on 14 June 2017.

The committee reported their recommendations to the Council’s Cabinet last week where it was agreed that:

1) The committee continues to receive updates from partner agencies

2) The Government is strongly lobbied to improve and strengthen building control mechanisms in relation to fire safety

3) All key partner agencies consider the outcomes of the Thirteen Group’s independent inquiry around the presence of combustible cladding at Kennedy Gardens

4) Landlords ensure the maintenance and upkeep of fire risk assessments

5) Sprinklers and misting systems are installed in all high rise residential buildings across Stockton-on-Tees

6) The Council writes to all landlords of high rise residential buildings across Stockton-on-Tees to ensure compliance with fire regulations

7) All key partner agencies consider the outcomes from the Government’s public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire once they are available.

Leader of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Councillor Bob Cook, said: “The safety of our residents is of utmost importance to us so the work carried out by the Place Select committee and their recommendations are hugely valuable.

“The scrutiny review brought together a number of agencies and I would like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work which I hope will provide reassurance to residents living in high rise buildings.”

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