London Assembly calls for fire safety ‘assurances’
THE ASSEMBLY has called on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to lobby the government for new fire safety measures.
Inside Housing reported on the assembly’s unanimous vote on a motion ‘urging’ Mr Khan to tell government ministers to ‘reconsider the use of combustible and limited combustibility cladding and insulation’ on both high rises and public buildings, as well as ensuring such cladding is removed from both social and private residential high rise blocks.
It also added that Londoners ‘are still living in homes at risk of fire’ due to having similar cladding to that used on Grenfell Tower, and wanted assurances that there would be ‘no cap’ on the government’s promise to fund cladding removal on both council and housing association high rises. Members also called for legislation to ‘end the use of desktop studies’, as they ‘clear materials for use on buildings without full safety testing’, and for the increase of sprinkler retrofitting.
Tom Copley, London Assembly’s Labour spokesperson for housing, stated: ‘Grenfell has left an indelible mark on our city, and we need to ensure that no such disaster is ever repeated. This is why I am calling upon the mayor, and the chairman of the London Assembly, to write to the government to suggest a number of measures that will prevent the future use of combustible cladding and stretch the scope of their policies to protect private tenants.
‘I have also urged them to hold the government to their promise of fully funding the removal of dangerous cladding and insulation from council and housing association properties, without the possibility of a cap.’
Shaun Bailey, a Conservative member of the assembly, added: ‘It was absolutely essential to back today’s motion on fire safety. Next week it will be a year since the Grenfell tragedy and it should never be allowed to occur again. I am glad that the assembly welcomed the prime minister’s commitment to fully funding the removal of cladding from council and housing association buildings.’