Renfrewshire Council

Update on Renfrewshire multi-storey housing

Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London, Renfrewshire Council has been working in partnership with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to review fire safety measures and consider any enhanced fire safety arrangements at its 14 high rise housing blocks.

  • No cladding of the type at Grenfell is used on any of the high rise blocks and all materials used complied with Scottish Building standards.
  • All individual Council flats are fitted with hard-wired smoke alarms and 60-minute fire resistant doors.
  • Daily fire safety inspections are carried out by concierge and caretaking staff, with quarterly operation assurance visits to all blocks from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
  • Fire alarms are fitted in communal areas in 13 blocks and systems are being established in Provost Close before the end of November.
  • Drop-in fire safety sessions were held at each block with Council Housing Services staff and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers answering any questions and concerns raised by tenants and residents.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council's Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: "Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, we have immediately carried out detailed inspections and have been taking every available step to ensure the ongoing safety of residents and tenants in our high rise housing.

"No cladding of the type at Grenfell is used on any of the high rise blocks and all materials used complied with Scottish Building standards. As five blocks have not been re-clad in recent years, we commissioned further specialist tests to inspect the condition and performance of cladding panels at George Court, Gleniffer Court, Maxwellton Court, Nethercraigs Court and Provost Close.

"Findings from these tests have reported no issues with cladding on four of the properties. The tests have identified a material used as part of the George Court balcony enclosures which, while requiring no urgent action, is recommended be replaced.

"As the cladding on these five blocks is approaching the end of its lifecycle, we have commenced preparations to replace them with a new, energy efficient insulation system, and will prioritise George Court to incorporate removing the material identified.

"Tenants and residents have been informed of the outcome of these tests through hand-delivered letters today and will be kept up-to-date on the future programme of works. An additional drop-in information session has been arranged for George Court residents with Council staff and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service officers.

"I would like to reassure all residents that we will continue to take all action required to ensure our properties provide a safe, comfortable and high quality environment for many years to come."

Anyone with any questions or for further information are advised to contact the Housing team on 0300 300 0222 (Option 1).

Assistant Chief Officer David McGown, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service's Director of Prevention and Protection, said: "We work closely with Local Authorities and Housing Associations to ensure the safety of occupants in high rise buildings.

"The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service routinely carries out operational intelligence and reassurance visits at high rise premises for the purposes of checking facilities and arrangements for firefighting and firefighter safety.

"I would remind communities in Scotland that we are here to support them, most notably through our free Home Fire Safety Visits where firefighters will provide safety advice and guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency."

To book a free home fire safety visit call 0800 0731 999, text 'FIRE' to 80800 or visit www.firescotland.gov.uk where further information on how to stay safe can be found.

Published Monday 16 October 2017.

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