What is in the Cabinet Member Report for Housing and Wellbeing since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower
Cabinet Member Report for Housing and Wellbeing
Northampton Borough Council
Monday 10th July 2017
Northampton Partnership Homes
Since the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower on 14th June 2017, Northampton Partnership Homes has continued to work very closely with Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service and tenants and leaseholders to ensure that the fire safety arrangements it has put in place are appropriate and provide the necessary assurance. All of the Fire Risk Assessments in the properties managed by NPH are complete and up to date. There has been a lot of speculation regarding the refurbishment of St Katherine’s Court, the Council’s only high-rise block. The cladding that is being installed at St Katherine’s Court is not the same as the cladding installed at Grenfell Tower; it is a layered composite enamel that is deemed to be a non-risk product, so was not required to be submitted for testing by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG). Whilst we are satisfied by the type of construction materials used, fire safety is also very much about the actions taken to pro-actively manage fire risk, such as testing alarms, detection systems and emergency lighting in blocks. Although the current law does not require us to do so, a sprinkler system will be installed in the fire exits and communal areas of St Katherines Court, as part of the current improvements that are due to be completed in the Autumn. Northampton Partnership Homes has kept the Council fully informed of the action it has been taking in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. I feel assured by Northampton Partnership Homes’ approach to fire safety and compliance, and I am grateful to its Officers for the considerable efforts they have gone to in reassuring residents at this difficult time.
Councillor Stephen Hibbert Cabinet Member for Housing and Wellbeing