Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, London
Further to the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy in London, Newark and Sherwood District Council along with Newark and Sherwood Homes, the council's housing company, have ensured that the council's housing stock has had fire assessments for any of the known fire risks related to the property construction type.
We can confirm that regular fire risk assessments are carried out via a fire expert to assess and review for risks on all the council's communal housing stock and community centres. The most recent review was completed earlier this year and these fire risk assessments have not revealed any urgent concerns. A specific financial provision for fire risk improvement works is routinely included in the annual housing capital programme and the findings from the fire risk assessments are addressed through this programme.
We can also confirm that we do not have the type of cladding on any of our properties similar to that used on the London tower block (block propritary boarding). Where we have cladding on our council properties, it is of a concrete rendered finish without air spaces between it and the building's structure. That said, the council and the company will continue to closely monitor the situation and any findings/concerns raised as a result of the London fire will be properly taken into account and acted upon.