Glenfell repeat in Lancs ‘unlikely’
AREPEAT of the Grenfell Tower disaster is unlikely to occur in West Lancashire, according to MP Rosie Cooper.
Local residents have expressed fears for their safety after the devastating fire which killed at least 79 people in London.
Those who live in similar buildings in West Lancashire want to know how safe their buildings are and the newly re-elected MP said that she had been working to get answers.
The Labour MP said that she had received assurances on the safety of estates in the area, particularly in terms of fire regulations being up to date and confirming the working order of fire retardant cladding used in properties.
Ms Cooper said: “Having spoken directly to the council’s housing director, she has assured me the low-rise nature of the properties and the nature of the cladding are key differences with Grenfell Tower.
“I very much welcome (housing director) Jacqui Sinnott-Lacey’s commitment to make contact with residents to address any concerns. An event like this should never be repeated and we must act to ensure it isn’t.”
“What happened in Grenfell Tower is an absolute tragedy. People have lost everything and, most tragically, some lost their lives. I would also like to add my sincere thanks to our emergency services who continue to risk their lives on a daily basis to save ours.”
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service has confirmed that there are 12 buildings in West Lancashire which are classed as high-rise.
The service said that all had a fire safety audit between 2010 and 2017 but it would be reviewing fire safety provision in all of them anyway.