Wigan tenants given say on fire safety
RESIDENTS OF Wigan’s rented properties have been given the opportunity to share their views on home and fire safety.
Wigan Today reported on the survey questionnaire, which is giving residents of the town the ‘opportunity to have their voices heard about social housing’ after the Grenfell Tower fire, in order to ‘understand what is important to residents and any concerns they may have’. The town’s tests on seven high rise blocks showed cladding was not the same as on Grenfell Tower, and did not pose safety risks, but the council agreed to retrofit sprinklers in all seven anyway, costing around £2m.
Terry Halliwell, cabinet member for housing and welfare, said: ‘Our main priority is the safety and welfare of our tenants. We conduct fire risk assessments weekly in each of our blocks to ensure any necessary changes are flagged in the earliest stages. We have already chosen to press ahead with installing sprinklers in all our tower blocks in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. We would encourage tenants to have their say and share their views as part of this national questionnaire.’