Sunday, 25 June 2017

London tower block residents 'must leave' says council



Residents who refused to leave north London tower blocks over fire safety fears are being told they "must leave".

 
Camden Council said on Sunday that staff would continue asking those people who had not yet left the Chalcots Estate in Swiss Cottage to vacate their flats.


About 20 households had refused to leave their homes by Saturday evening.


Meanwhile, cladding on 34 tower blocks in 17 council areas in England has failed fire safety tests.


The leader of Camden Council, Georgia Gould, said staff will conduct further door knocking ask anyone remaining to leave "and issue another letter reiterating to residents who are still remaining in the Taplow, Bray, Dorney and Burnham blocks, that they must leave".


"By remaining in the blocks these residents risk delaying the work that is required and that we are undertaking to make these homes safe.


"It is not safe to remain in these blocks and our residents' safety will continue to be the council's number one priority."


Four of the five blocks on the Chalcots Estate were evacuated on Friday due to concerns about external cladding, gas pipe insulation, and fire doors.


Camden Council said it had no option but to move residents from 650 flats while work takes place.


The government plans to examine cladding from up to 600 blocks and so far, every sample submitted from tower blocks has failed the tests.


But - across the country - not every block that fails safety tests will be evacuated.


Communities Secretary Sajid Javid - while agreeing with the decision in Camden - said: "A failure in testing of the cladding does not necessarily mean that a building will have to be evacuated.


"The decision by Camden Council was because the failed testing of the external cladding was compounded by multiple other fire safety failures."




BBC     News.