Plans to remove aluminium composite panels at nine tower blocks owned by Salford City Council have not changed despite confusion over advice from the government.
City Mayor Paul Dennett, who responded to initial government advice to remove the panels on June 25 said:
“The government’s handling of this whole matter is a disgrace.
“Councils are being left to make decisions about complex technical matters amid unclear government guidance, conflicting advice and information which changes by the hour.
“My priority is to reassure residents and ensure they are safe. We and Pendleton Together have and continue to conduct rigorous fire safety checks and put in place extra precautionary measures including audible alarms and 24/7 fire marshals.
“Work is continuing to progress the removal of the panels at the Pendleton tower blocks in a safe and timely manner and technical advisers for us and Pendleton Together are investigating appropriate replacement solutions.
“I would like to thank residents for their patience and flexibility during this time and assure them that we will keep them fully informed and updated on progression. I reiterate that the safety of our residents is paramount and will remain our highest priority”.
“Pendleton Together has carried out multiple drop-in sessions across Pendleton, distributed factsheets and is offering individual meetings to any resident who wants one”.
“Residents with any concerns can email the dedicated email address at email@example.com or contact Pendleton Together via social media such as Twitter or Facebook. Alternatively residents can call on 0300 555 5567, or visit the nearby office on Loganberry Avenue”.
“If you have any concerns about the safety of your building you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or check the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service web site for more information or ring 0800 555815.”
Please note – there will be no further statements or interviews over the weekend.