Council reassures tenants and leaseholders following London tower block fire

News release from 14 June 2017, 4:55pm

FOLLOWING the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London last night, Cambridge City Council is reminding council tenants and leaseholders of the fire safety measures and procedures in place at council homes.

The council manages and maintains more than 7,000 homes in Cambridge, including blocks of flats, sheltered housing, temporary housing, detached and semi-detached houses, and has strict fire safety measures in place to protect people living in them.

The council has a rolling programme of fire risk assessments for properties. In the last five years the council has invested more than £2m in fire safety within its purpose-built blocks of flats, including:

  • Installing dry riser pipes (to help firefighters in case of an emergency) at Hanover Court, Princess Court and Kingsway Flats;
  • Installing emergency lighting in 47 communal areas of flats and upgrading communal lighting elsewhere;
  • Changing layouts at Ekin Road flats to aid evacuation in case of emergency;
  • Replacing surfaces (for example tongue and groove timber ceilings) identified as a fire risk in communal areas;
  • Installing fire doors at all flats that did not have them;
  • Providing fire breaks and improvements to bin/rubbish stores
  • Upgrading fire breaks and separations in properties previously converted to flats.

Cllr Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing, said: “Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the people who have lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire overnight, and to all those whose homes may have been lost or damaged.

“We take the safety of our tenants and leaseholders very seriously, we regularly review our fire safety measures and plans, and have invested to improve fire safety at our properties in recent years.  

“We work closely with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue service and will work with them to take on board any learning from this dreadful incident, and revised guidance that may emerge.”