Statement on fire at Grenfell Tower

Councillor Paul Longshaw, Lead Member for Housing and Neighbourhoods at Salford, said: “We are deeply saddened to hear of the fire at Grenfell Tower and the tragic loss of life and our thoughts are with all those affected.

“The council has been working closely with our key housing partners that have blocks of a similar age to Grenfell Towers to seek assurances their fire safety policies and procedures are in place and have been followed. We have been advised that for current requirements those policies and procedures are in place.

“When the London fire investigation is complete we will analyse the response to the disaster and exactly what happened to see if there are any lessons we can learn in Salford. This will be completed in partnership with local landlords and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

“Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) works closely with the local authority and housing providers to ensure all buildings in this city are as safe from fire as possible.

“Understandably residents who live in tower blocks in our city at this moment may feel concerned and vulnerable. To reassure people, landlords are writing letters to those in high rise flats, issuing statements and putting messages on social media.

“We expect there will be much reflection and investigation into the cause of the fire in London. We will continue to work with our partners to modify procedures and building safety measures should this be found necessary. Your landlord representative is there to work with you on this should you need to contact them.”

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Date published
Thursday 15 June 2017
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