Fire Risk Assessment for Middlesex Street Estate

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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:

Fire Risk Assessment Petticoat Tower 23/09/2016

Fire Risk Assessment Petticoat Square 23/09/2016

See also a recent report by the Director of Children & Community Services on Fire Safety in the City’s residential blocks:

Urgent Paper – Fire Safety in the City’s Residential Blocks 03rd-Jul-2017 14.00 Housing Management

In addition to this the City of London’s Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness has recently announced the following: Continue reading “Fire Risk Assessment for Middlesex Street Estate”

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Update on ‘affordable’ flats proposed for Petticoat Square

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Good news! On 6th April, Middlesex Street residents were sent a letter from the City of London informing them of an application (17/00250/FULLR3) to convert some of the shop fronts on the podium into “nine one bedroom affordable flats”.

Full details were as follows:

’75, 79, 85, 89, 95 & 97 Middlesex Street & 2 & 14 Gravel Lane, London, E1 7DA Change of use from shop use (Class A1) (upper level retail storage) to residential use (Class C3) comprising of nine one bedroom affordable flats at podium level and associated external works.’

Some existing tenants have contacted me to say that they were concerned that if rent at these flats was set at an ‘affordable’ rate i.e. cost no more than 80% of the average local market rent, then they would not be very affordable at all.

I have contacted the case officer dealing with this application earlier this week and they have today reported back that “The City’s Housing and Commercial Development Manager has confirmed that the flats would be let at a social rent.”