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Council makes statement on fire prevention measures

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Main Street and Captains Row, Skerton
Main Street and Captains Row, Skerton
Author: 
Chris Satori

Updated: 28th June 2017

Following the Grenfell Tower disaster in London, Lancaster City Council has released a statement explaining its fire prevention policies.

Grenfell residents' groups have begun to compile lists of victims and survivors of the tragedy, with scepticism rife about official death toll, which currently stand at 79, amid ongoing concern police and council have been slow to release information. Yesterday (Tuesday 27th June), the national Guardian reported Grenfell Tower gas pipes were left exposed, despite fire safety expert's orders.

Lancaster City Council has three high rise blocks of flats on Mainway in Skerton, but none of them use the type of cladding made of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) at Grenfell Tower.  Council officers met with fire crews on Friday 19th June to carry out a safety inspection of the Mainway flats.

“As part of our management of fire safety we currently undertake fire safety checks every three months on all blocks of flats,” said Coun Andrew Warriner, Cabinet member with responsibility for housing.

“Fire risk assessments are undertaken by independent assessors and are then periodically reviewed. The most recent review of Mainway was in 2016. 

“We maintain an ongoing dialogue and relationship with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and have an ongoing programme of fire safety maintenance and routines in compliance with their recommendations to ensure the safety of residents.” 

Lancaster University officials have also met with fire officers to carry out checks at their 11 storey on-campus student block Bowland Tower.  In 2012/13 the university refurbished the Tower installing sprinkler systems and upgrading fire alarms, as well as bringing in other fire mitigation measures.

 

Council makes statement on fire prevention measures 

Published 16 June 2017

Lancaster City Council has released a statement explaining its fire prevention & safety policies.

Coun Andrew Warriner, Cabinet member with responsibility for housing, said:

"Lancaster City Council takes fire safety extremely seriously and regularly checks fire safety within its housing and blocks of flats.

"Independent fire risk assessments are undertaken and actions are taken to ensure that fire safety is maintained.

"We also regularly meet with the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to discuss and review fire safety.

"The council is constantly investing in our housing to make sure that they remain save places to live.

"The events which have taken place in London are tragic and we will take on board any recommendations that may come forward, over the coming weeks and months, from the investigations taking place."

 

 

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