Camden Council updates on fire safety assessments
THE COUNCIL stated that ‘further fire safety assessments’ have been taking place at the Chalcots Estate, with Frankham RMS hired to undertake the ‘enhanced’ checks.
In a statement on its website, the council stated that the actions ‘to further raise safety standards’ in the estate’s tower blocks is ‘ongoing’, with ‘enhanced’ fire risk assessments in line with ‘standards advised’ by London Fire Brigade (LFB) undertaken by Frankham RMS. The council also wrote to residents to let them know the company has ‘been on site all week, not only inspecting the communal areas, but also reviewing a number of residents’ flats, including assessing the window frames’.
Georgia Gould and Pat Callaghan, respectively leader and deputy leader as well as cabinet member for housing, wrote the letter, and said that the inspections ‘go above and beyond usual fire safety inspections, and we have asked for them to be done because we want you to be assured about the safety of your home’. These checks and works are additional to ‘fitting new flat entrance doors’ and ‘removal of the existing cladding’, with drop-in sessions available for enquiries.
The letter noted that LFB ‘returned to the estate and confirmed the works done’ to communal areas ‘are of an acceptable standard’, with work not set to be finished ‘until we have the highest safety standards throughout’. Other tests have included portable appliance testing of white goods and fitted fire blankets ‘in every flat’, while a director of resident safety will be recruited.
Camden Council recently warned residents about fire safety scams after intruders ‘posing as fire officers’ requested access to all flats in a Camden tower block. The scammers sent notes to residents ‘demanding access to their homes on a specified date to carry out safety checks’, and both the council and LFB confirmed these checks ‘had not been authorised by officials’.