Fire safety checks on all council-owned towers in Brighton and Hove

Brighton & Hove
Brighton & Hove

Brighton and Hove City Council is to run fire safety checks on each of its high-rise buildings, prioritising those with cladding, after the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

Police estimate 79 people died in the fire at the high-rise block in Kensington last week.

Following the disaster, Brighton and Hove City Council sent out letters to residents living in its 43 high-rise buildings in the city.

A council spokesperson said “Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower last Wednesday our thoughts continue to be with all those affected.

“As of Monday (June 19), the council has taken a number of actions to reassure concerned local residents that our highest priority always has been and always will be their safety.

“The housing fire health and safety board, which is made up senior housing officers and fire officers, met the morning after the fire. The group met again on Friday and will continue to meet moving forward.

“On Friday, a text message was sent to tenants of high rise council housing with cladding, and council housing staff personally hand delivered an information letter to tenants and leaseholders living in those buildings. Over the coming weeks we’ll be working with tenants’ and residents’ associations to keep everyone regularly informed and updated.

“We work closely with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and all council-owned high rise blocks of flats are inspected every year to ensure they meet current safety standards. All our high rise properties were inspected in 2016 and we have already completed seven this year.

“There are 43 council high rise blocks of flats in the city, 20 of these have full cladding. We have already started the process of conducting additional precautionary fire safety assessments on our high rise buildings and shortly we’ll be conducting detailed and independent surveys of all high rise properties prioritising those with cladding first. We will then decide if specific actions need to be taken.

“Together with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, we’ll be monitoring closely all information on the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Over the coming days, weeks and months, we will continuously review our own properties and practices in light of the outcomes of the investigation, official government advice and the public inquiry called by the Prime Minister. The council is co-operating fully with the UK government as part of this nationwide inquiry.”

For more information on the council’s actions on fire safety, visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/fire-safety-faqs