Barking and Dagenham Council will publish results of fire risk assessments on tower blocks following calls from the Green Party

PUBLISHED: 12:05 02 August 2017

Laburnum House on the Becontree Estate. Picture: Archant

Laburnum House on the Becontree Estate. Picture: Archant


The council will publish fire risk assessments for the borough’s tower blocks and estates, following calls from the Green Party to make the documents publicly available.

Hawkwell House is on the Becontree Estate. Picture: John HercockHawkwell House is on the Becontree Estate. Picture: John Hercock

The Barking, Dagenham and Havering Green Party are petitioning for all fire risk assessments previously made on blocks and housing estates to be made public ‘so residents can see for themselves what the safety assessments have reported on.’

A party spokesman said: “In the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster, we believe it is crucial residents have the right to see for themselves what fire safety risk assessments have come up with and should be able to respond to them and take action where needed.

“Local members have spoken with residents in the three high rise towers in the Becontree Heath Estates - Laburnum House, Peverel House and Hawkwell House - and have begun collecting signatures for a petition to the council.

“In just one day we heard residents concerned of making it down the stairs, some with young children, from the 17th floor in an emergency, and could see for ourselves the absence of sprinklers on the stairs.”

Grenfell Tower in west London. Natalie Oxford/PA WireGrenfell Tower in west London. Natalie Oxford/PA Wire

The council is legally required to conduct the fire risk assessments but does not currently have to publish their findings.

A council spokesman who had previously said they were ‘considering’ publishing the results today revealed they will.

He said: “Yes we will be publishing our fire risk assessments, once a paper has gone to cabinet setting out the process as to how this will be done. “It’s not a case of if, but when.”

The Post reported last month that no tower blocks in Barking and Dagenham were cladded with the ACM material thought to be responsible for the Grenfell Tower fire which killed at least 80 people in west London.

Many London councils including Camden, Southwark and Hackney are working towards putting the information relating to residential council properties in their boroughs into the public domain.

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