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Call for action on Tower Safety in wake of Grenfell tragedy

June 19, 2017 4:30 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Southampton Liberal Democrats are calling on the Labour-run City Council to ensure the safety of residents of the city's numerous tower blocks, in the wake of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London last week.

Redbridge Tower fire, April 2017 (dailyecho.co.uk)Southampton Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Simon Stokes says;

"I've contacted Councillor Payne (Cabinet Member for Housing and Adult Care, Southampton City Council), and asked him to reassure residents that their safety is at the forefront of the minds of planners, developers and council officers.

"I have asked Councillor Payne if external cladding systems, like the one used in Grenfell Tower, have been or are planning to be used in Southampton, if he plans on retrofitting towers with sprinkler systems, and if he is willing to demolish tower blocks where there is only one means of escape for residents.

"I understand that budgets are stretched, but we're talking about the safety of Southampton residents. The cost of retrofitting or demolishing tower blocks may be high, but the cost of not doing so could be far, far higher."