Following the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London, concerns have, understandably, been raised by residents about the safety of our homes and the possibility of a similar incident in one of our tower blocks.
Please find below the most recent independent fire risk assessment for the Middlesex Street Estate for residents to refer to:
See also a recent report by the Director of Children & Community Services on Fire Safety in the City’s residential blocks:
In addition to this the City of London’s Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness has recently announced the following:
“We are doing everything we can to ensure residents are safe in their homes. Prior to the Grenfell Tower fire we had completed Fire Risk Assessments on all our housing stock within the past year. No high risks were identified in any of the assessments in relation to the City’s social housing nor were any high risks identified in relation to the Barbican. In the light of the Grenfell Tower fire we are reviewing all the fire risk assessments and the priorities assigned to the required actions.
The frequency with which we commission independent fire risk assessments has been enhanced from a three yearly cycle to annual independent fire risk assessments. In line with this change new independent fire risk assessments are being commissioned with an aim for the inspections to be completed by the end of August 2017.
Officers are working on proposals to provide resident access to current fire risk assessments for each of our estates via an internet portal.
New fire safety guidance has been issued on all our social housing estates and to the Barbican. While we continue to operate a ‘Stay-Put’ policy, should there be a need to evacuate any of our estates and residents are unsure about their evacuation route, contact should be made with the local estate office and staff will demonstrate the evacuation routes.
It is important that all exit routes are kept clear (obstructions or infringements removed) and Officers are intensifying steps to ensure full compliance with fire safety requirements.
We will be embarking on an enhanced front door replacement programme to bring all front doors up to a 60 minutes burn time standard, starting with our tower blocks.
Additionally a feasibility report is being commissioned by officers to evaluate the potential for retro-fitting sprinkler systems to our tower blocks.”
Your councillors Jason, Munsur, Henry and John will keep you updated on any developments. Please contact us at any time if you want to talk about any of this.