Grenfell Tower incident - Bury and GM response
Following the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London, the Council has been considering the position and putting measures in place as well as linking with colleagues across Greater Manchester.
The position in Bury
There are no Council owned high rise residential blocks, nor any council owned housing which have cladding which is of concern and, as far as the Council is aware, no such housing in the wider social sector within Bury. There are six high rise residential blocks (over 18m) in Bury which are private sector owned. Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the Council are engaging with and supporting the owners and managing agents of these blocks to consider their position.
The Council and GMFRS are also engaging with owners of lower risk mid and low rise blocks in the area, including those owned by social housing providers and also with those commissioned by the Council to provide accommodation and/or services in the borough. In relation to the Councils own housing stock, fire risk assessments are up to date and the future programming of risk assessments is being reviewed. In addition in accommodation where they apply, procedures in the event of fire are being reviewed and reissued to tenants and residents.
The Council will work closely with and as part of the GM taskforce and also with partners such as the fire service and respond as appropriate to any developments in relation to this matter. This will include for instance how we consider and approach other non residential buildings.
The Greater Manchester Position
The Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a housing taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by GMFRS.
The taskforce includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice.
Specialist officers from GMFRS have already carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern and have carried out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, in every building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests.
Be reassured that landlords with any building where the cladding has failed the test have put in place significant measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire. These include evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings.