Residents reassured following devastating London fire

15 June 2017

Following the devastating fire in Kensington, Cheshire West and Chester Council are reassuring residents about the safety of their flats.

Councillor Angela Claydon, Cabinet Member for Housing said: “After the shocking fire yesterday, my thoughts are with the families whose lives have been so badly affected.

“I know some of our residents will be feeling understandably worried and for this reason our housing managers Plus Dane are visiting their three blocks with the local Ellesmere Port fire crew. The three Ellesmere Port blocks have sprinkler systems fitted.

 “Plus Dane will also be meeting residents in their homes to reassure them and remind them what the stay put policy means and also to let people know that the fire service has visited the property to do a full inspection.” There are nine high rise blocks in Chester owned by Sanctuary housing, annual Fire Risk Assessments are in place and have been carried out at the required time. Compartmentalisation (passive fire protection) was completed three years ago and was signed off by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

All blocks have a stay put policy, which has previously been reconfirmed by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. All residents are informed of this.

Christa Ripley, Head of Housing, Sanctuary Housing said: “We have visited the blocks and hand delivered letters to reassure residents who are reminded of the need to keep communal areas clear and fire doors closed.”

“We began a pilot of a sprinkler system at Rowland Heights in Newtown in 2015. That pilot has now completed and I am pleased to say that plans are underway to roll out sprinklers to our remaining high rise blocks in Chester and beyond. We will contact our residents before any work starts.”

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