Monthly Archives: June 2017

Fire safety in Woking

 

“Our thought’s and sympathies remain with the victims, their families and those affected by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower in London.

“We understand the concerns of local residents who may be unsettled by these events and I would like to reassure people that we take the safety of our tenants very seriously.

“On behalf of Woking Borough Council, New Vision Homes manage 160 blocks of flats and none of these are higher than five storeys. Each block complies with Article 9 of the Regulatory Reform Order 2005 (the ‘Fire Safety Order’) and they are subject to an ongoing programme of fire risk assessments.

“Whilst some of these blocks are fitted with exterior cladding, some of which has been renewed through our stock refurbishment programme, I can confirm that none of our blocks have been fitted with the same system as at Grenfell Tower.

“We have also made contact with all registered providers of social housing to remind them of their obligations, as outlined in recent communication sent out by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with regard to any cladding on buildings and associated fire safety. The DCLG has also offered expert support in surveying these properties, and we will continue to follow up this work.

“We are also liaising with our partners at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. We can confirm they have also written to all private owners of residential blocks over 10 floors, stating that in light of this serious fire, a review of fire risk assessments should be undertaken.

“I can also confirm that the Victoria Square development will have an active fire safety system which will include sprinklers throughout.

“We remain ready to respond to any changes to fire safety advice or regulations following this tragic event.”

 

Colin Kemp

Portfolio Holder for Housing