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Councillors receive update on multi-agency high-rise safety work

Wirral Council's Cabinet member for Housing and Community Safety, Cllr George Davies, updated elected members on the work of the high-rise co-ordination group this week.

This is the text of the message he sent to all 66 Wirral councillors:

BRIEFING – 27 July 2017

Dear colleagues,

Since the terrible events at Grenfell Tower in London on June 14, 2017, I have been chairing a co-ordination group to manage issues arising from the tragedy. This group is made up of colleagues from the council, working with officers from Magenta Living and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.

I can report today that all inspections have now been completed and have not identified aluminium, or ACM, cladding (as was used at Grenfell Tower) being used on any Wirral high-rise residential block (that is a building which is six storeys and above, or a minimum of 18 metres in height).

In addition:

  • No issues with schools have been identified.
  • We continue to work with landlords of Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs) to ensure that as a minimum, mandatory HMO’s meet fire safety requirements.

Many of you reading this will be residents who are concerned that your safety could have been compromised and I hope that the results of these inspections will reassure you that there are no concerns about the use of ACM cladding at any of your properties.

This work has been a massive but very necessary undertaking, with officers from the council’s housing and building control teams and the fire service visiting all residential high rise blocks to undertake checks.

The support and information-sharing between partner organisations has been exemplary and executed quickly.  I would like to pay tribute to everyone involved and to residents, who have sought reassurance, but have been patient while we carry out our work.

We remain in ongoing communication with the Homes and Communities Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government to ensure that any future actions and decisions we take are consistent with what is happening with other authorities around the country.

I will continue to keep party leaders and all elected members regularly updated on these issues. If you have any specific enquiries in the meantime, please get in touch.

Cllr George Davies, Cabinet Member, Housing and Community Safety.