Reassurance issued after tower blaze
AHOUSING association has moved to reassure residents living in the town’s tower blocks after a devastating fire swept through high rise flats in London.
Tim Pinder, chief executive at Peaks and Plains housing association, has issued a letter to around 170 residents who live in Pennine Court and Range Court in Hurdsfield, stating that the blocks meet all necessary fire regulations and that the cladding used on the outside of the buildings is safe.
It comes after the horrific blaze at the Grenfell tower block in West London in the early hours of Wednesday, June 14. Seventy-nine people were confirmed dead or missing presumed dead in a statement by police on Monday (June 19) but this number was expected to rise. Hundreds of people have been left homeless.
The blaze spread very quickly through the building and concerns have been raised about the type of cladding used on the outside of the building.
Pennine Court and Range Court have been refurbished using clad- ding and residents posted concerns on Facebook, asking for it to be properly tested.
A spokesman for Peaks and Plains confirmed that the make of cladding on Range and Pennine, which both house 92 homes, is Rockpanel, which is not the same as that used in the West London flats.
Tim Pinder said in his letter to residents that cladding meets the highest fire safety standards.
He said: “We at Peaks and Plains were shocked and saddened by this awful tragedy and our thoughts are very much with those whose families have been affected. I felt that some residents at Range and Pennine might also be feeling vulnerable and distressed. So I wanted to reassure you that the fire safety features at Range and Pennine are regularly and effectively checked and maintained by experienced safety staff.
“Sharon, our fire safety officer, has been in constant contact with Cheshire Fire and Rescue to see what we can learn from the tragic London fire. They aren’t able to comment yet, but hope to in the next few days and we’ll let you have their comments when we receive it.
“Our fire risk assessments and the relevant standards for both blocks are comprehensive and up to date. Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service makes visits to familiarise themselves with the building, escape routes etc. Another one is organised for later this week.”
Pennine Court and Range Court, inset Tim Pinder
Lorna Richardson is collecting gift cards for victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy