Nottingham City Council has announced plans to publicly identify private property investors who own high rise blocks in the city and fail to respond to requests to check fire safety procedures in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy.
Following the fire in Grenfell Tower, Nottingham City Council sent urgent requests to the owners of over 500 private high rise tower blocks in the city, imploring them to check safety regulations. Whilst the council has said that responses are coming in on a daily basis, just 50 owners have contacted the council so far. The next step in the procedure is for the council to send reminder letters to encourage owners to prioritise the checks. Following this, a list will be published of those who do not comply.
Nottingham City Council owns 13 tower blocks that are managed on its behalf by Nottingham City Homes. None of them are clad in the same material that was used on Grenfell Tower, and that fire safety measures are adequate. This was revealed during the council’s own checks. Plans have also been outlined to install sprinklers and improve intercom systems to offer further reassurance to residents. A similar level of examination and action is expected from private landlords and investors in the city.
City Council leader councillor Jon Collins said: ‘As a responsible landlord we have looked at our own high rise blocks, given what happened at Grenfell Tower, satisfied ourselves and the government of our safety standards, and have taken appropriate steps to improve safety measures and reassure residents. We hope that private landlords will take the same approach and are pleased with those who have responded positively to our request. It’s disappointing that some haven’t and we’ll be writing to them again, publishing the details of those who haven’t responded on our website and passing those details to Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, who have agreed to carry out risk-based inspections in these cases.’