Three weeks after the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, our thoughts are still with all those affected by the terrible fire in London.
Local authorities across the country continue to review the safety of their high-rise social housing and their fire safety procedures.
Results confirmed on Tuesday 27 June that samples of cladding from our nine tower blocks, along with others across Salford owned by our partners, failed the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) tests. These tests had been made available further to the Grenfell Tower fire and Salford took steps to have the testing done as quickly as we could.
We immediately implemented additional precautionary safety measures, and we are working closely with our housing partners and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to ensure that we are doing all we can to keep residents safe. This includes 24/7 fire marshal patrols, more rubbish collections, fire risk assessments inside flats, installing audible alarms and we are currently considering specification options for sprinkler systems.
Salford City Mayor, Paul Dennett said ‘We are fully committed to working together to ensure our buildings meet the highest safety standards. I have pulled together a taskforce including senior safety representatives which meets daily to ensure that all necessary checks and changes are made as required.
‘Salford City Council is meeting the initial costs of these safety measures from reserves which we keep for emergencies but we will also be lobbying the government for support.
‘Thank you for your patience and flexibility during this time. My priority is and always will be the safety and care of our residents’.
Salford City Council owns nine blocks, Whitebeam Court, Malus Court, Beech Court, Salix Court, Spruce Court, Holm Court, Hornbeam Court, Thorn Court and Plane Court at Pendleton and these are managed by Pendleton Together.
Salford City Council’s and Pendleton Together’s technical advisors are investigating appropriate solutions to cladding and are organising testing to take place to give residents the assurances they need for a safe and secure future in their homes. Along with other landlords in the area we have started to remove aluminium composite (ACM) panels in a safe and timely manner whilst we consider these replacement options.
Residents are being fully updated on progress and safety measures through factsheets and briefings. Home visits and drop in sessions continue to take place to help reassure and answer any questions.
Residents with any additional queries are asked to contact Pendleton Together through their dedicated email address at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also call 0300 555 5567 or visit the office on Loganberry Avenue.
Pendleton Together’s latest update is on the Pendleton Together website.
Salix Homes’ latest update is available on the Salix Homes website.
City West Housing Trust owns and manages 12 high-rise blocks in Salford for latest updates please see the City West Housing Trust website.
Grenfell fire fund
An appeal has been launched by the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund on behalf of residents of the Grenfell Tower inferno in West London.