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Reassurance on high-rises - update

Published Monday, 03 July 2017

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South Lanarkshire Council has moved to reassure tower blocks residents following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.

The council has responsibility for 21 multi-storey flatted blocks and checks carried out have confirmed that none of these has been clad with the same materials that were used at Grenfell Tower in London.

To provide further reassurance, residents of 11 high-rises which have been over-clad have been given specific details of the materials used. Residents of the other 10 high-rises have had confirmation that their premises have not been over-clad.

The council has also engaged with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, who carry out quarterly inspections of all of the council’s high rise housing properties. These inspections allow operational fire crews to inspect properties and notify the council if any deficiencies are found within the common areas or in the measures in place to protect against or fight fire.

This programme of inspections is strictly adhered to within South Lanarkshire, and as an additional precaution all blocks were re-inspected by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 15 June 2017.

The council’s Health & Safety Section has also recently completed additional Fire Risk Assessments, resulting in all blocks having been assessed over May/June 2017.

These inspections have identified only standard maintenance and housing management issues of the type we would expect to pick up through our programme of regular checks. All remedial works that have been identified have been actioned as a priority.

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have prepared updated guidance in relation to multi-storey flat safety

Home Fire Safety visits are available for any tenant or resident who wishes one, in order to provide advice and reassurance. This can be arranged by contacting the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service on 0800 0731 999, texting “FIRE” to 80800 or online at firescotland.gov.uk