Ten­ants’ con­cerns re­main for fire safety

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, Com­ments from Alas­tair MacGre­gor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Ar­gyll Com­mu­nity Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (ACHA), on fire safety in ACHA prop­er­ties are, I am afraid, facile, com­pla­cent and disin­gen­u­ous, to say the least. Af­ter all, wasn’t gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tion fol­lowed when Gren­fell Tower was built?

My ACHA home was rewired in 2013 with, among other things, a heavy load im­mer­sion heater wired through the bath­room elec­tric towel rail. This seems pretty idio­syn­cratic to me and caused me to won­der what else might be.

And that is only one of my fire safety con­cerns. I have lived in this house for 40 years but have never had a fire safety check.

My home and my neigh­bour’s are due to be clad later this year – ru­mours are rife that ACHA houses in Ben­der­loch were clad in poly­styrene, of all things. That may or may not be true but we do not want it [cladding] at any price.

I tele­phoned ACHA last year and asked to speak to the in­vest­ment and re­gen­er­a­tion man­ager, Iain Ma­cLeod, to voice my con­cerns. He did not an­swer, so I left a mes­sage in­di­cat­ing that my neigh­bour and I did not want cladding un­der any cir­cum­stances. I left my name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber but re­ceived no re­sponse.

Through past ex­pe­ri­ence, we have found that ten­ants are at ACHA’s mercy, with no choice. ACHA’s choice ap­pears to be to take no ac­tion to al­lay ten­ants’ fears.

All coun­cils and hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions should ex­am­ine their en­tire hous­ing stock for fire safety in all its as­pects. Mar­garet MacKay, Bar­cal­dine.

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