Glen­fell re­peat in Lancs ‘un­likely’

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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.

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