Grenfell Tower fire: Where has unsafe cladding been identified?

Posted June 29, 2017

Some 60 high-rise buildings in 25 local authorities across the country have now failed fire cladding safety tests after the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Government has said. But we should not be in the position where buildings have such cladding on them.

The council leader said she was determined to try to convince remaining residents to leave, but if some still refused, the council would have to take action to remove them.

Sixty high-rise buildings have failed tests to gauge whether their cladding materials are combustible, and there have been complaints in the media that checks have moved too slowly.

A total of 34 high-rise buildings in 17 local authorities across England have failed fire cladding safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has announced.

He told me his family were just fed up, that they desperately wanted to go home, but had no idea when that might be. The majority of the residents of the four buildings were evacuated on Friday night.

Camden council representatives help residents as they are evacuated from the Taplow residential tower block on the Chalcots Estate, in the borough of Camden, north London, Friday, June 23, 2017.

That's the assessment of resident Edward Strange, who, according to The Associated Press, told British broadcaster Sky News they should have been given a choice.

Other high-rise buildings, such as some used by the NHS, were also being tested.

A fire engine is parked outside Burnham block, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday June 24, 2017, after the local council evacuated some 650 homes overnight.

"You don't get everyone to leave this quickly".

Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said: "Whilst we are clear that our cladding design and insulation significantly differs to that at Grenfell Tower, the external cladding panels did not satisfy our independent laboratory testing or the high standards we set for contractors".

"I've made the really, really hard decision to move the people living there into temporary accommodation while we do the urgent works to guarantee safety", Gould told reporters outside the public housing complex.

Frank notes that officials estimate it will take three to four weeks to make the buildings safe.

Georgia Gould added: "We realise that this is hugely distressing for everyone affected and we will be doing all we can, alongside the London Fire Brigade and other authorities, to support our residents at this hard time".

"I think they've done the right thing".

One tower block resident in West Dunbartonshire said he welcomed news that building standards and conditions would be subject to further scrutiny.

The Government has said it is not identifying the other areas until residents have been notified, so as not to cause undue concern.

In a statement the Local Government Association emphasised that a failed cladding test would not necessarily mean evacuation of a block.