Call for Fire Safety Inspection on all Social & Private Rented Buildings in Tower Hamlets

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Following the tragic events of the fire that ripped through Grenfell Tower Block in Latimer Road (West London), It has become apparent that the issue of safety was one raised by resident groups to landlords and public authorities- just like in many parts of our country- these concerns fall on deaf ears until tragedy strikes.

For the preservation of Human life and to prevent this horror from happening again- we call upon the authorities to do everything necessary to ensure public safety.. This includes fire safety, community safety, anti-social behaviour, keeping communities clean from bulk waste, crime prevention, community policing and most of all listening and delivering on resident valid concerns. You don't need to throw money away on consultants- just listen to residents and spend limited funds wisely.

We ask the GLA and HM Government to ensure that local authorities are not failing to do everything necessary to ensure that we never see such preventable horror, devastation and loss again in our communities and in our country.

We, in Tower Hamlets, call on Mayor John Biggs & London Borough of Tower Hamlets to carry out a comprehensive inspection, for fire safety on all Tower Hamlets Blocks and Buildings and ensure that all Registered Landlords and Private Sector also carry out effective fire safety inspections of their portfolios.

Fire safety inspections are carried out by the London Fire Brigade.

The council or the housing association or private landlords are responsible for carrying out their fire risk assessment every year or two years. As long as the fire risk assessment is upto date and remedial works carried out according to it then it is sufficient under the Fire Safety Reform Act 2005 using the PAS79 approach of LFB

We call for a review of current inspection criteria including fire testing of building and refurbishment material and the investigation of sprinklers to be installed into high rise buildings.

At least 12 people (at the time of writing this petition) have died, when a fire broke out shortly before 1am on Wednesday 14th June 2017, at Grenfell Tower in Latimer Road, West London.

The tower was 24 storeys high and contained 120 flats.. It was home to between 400 and 600 people. More than 200 fire fighters tackled the blaze at its peak with more than 40 engines.

 

The Mayor of London described the Grenfell Tower fire a “serious incident”.

Tower Hamlets Homes has over 22,000 homes consisting of tenants and leaseholders managing many homes, including many in blocks of flats and in tower blocks. The link below for current Fire Safety is available on THH but is not sufficient in light of the tragedy of Grenfell Tower.

http://www.towerhamletshomes.org.uk/My_Home/Home_safety/Fire_safety.aspx

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this shocking inferno.

To the families and friends of lost loved ones and the injured, we offer our heartfelt condolences and sympathy. To those who miraculously survived, we give thanks for your wellbeing and assure you that we stand with you to get the answers to the questions being asked.

We ask everyone to sign this petition and to donate whatever you can, to charities and community groups working to bring relief and comfort to those who have survived with their lives, but have lost everything else.

Tarling Estate (West) Tenants & Residents Association & Cllr Rabina Khan (Shadwell - London Borough of Tower Hamlets)

 

 



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