Council meeting discuss Renfrewshire tower block safety Council meeting discuss Renfrewshire tower block safety
Renfrewshire Council has held a meeting regarding the safety of Renfrewshire’s high rise blocks. It follows a high rise building fire in West London... Council meeting discuss Renfrewshire tower block safety

Renfrewshire Council has held a meeting regarding the safety of Renfrewshire’s high rise blocks.

It follows a high rise building fire in West London where 17 people have been confirmed dead.

Paisley North West Councillor Kenny MacLaren revealed that Renfrewshire Council staff have convened a meeting, chaired by Mary Crearie, director of housing, to discuss safety within high rise blocks.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “Our thoughts are with those affected by the tragic fire in London.

“I would like to provide reassurance to the tenants and residents of our 14 multi storey flats. Renfrewshire Council works closely with the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service to ensure the safety of occupants.

“Regular fire safety inspections are carried out by the Fire Service and our housing concierge and caretakers regularly inspect each of the blocks to ensure that a range of fire safety measures are in place.

“I know there has been some concern expressed in the media about the possible role of new over-cladding in the spread of the London fire. However, I can confirm that all works on Renfrewshire high rise housing blocks, including over-cladding, comply with Scottish Building regulations and materials used are designed to be fire retardant.

“We provide residents with up-to date advice on what to do in the event of a fire and are writing to all residents in our high rise housing blocks to remind them of this information. If any resident has concerns, I would encourage them to contact us on 0300 300 0222.

“In addition, Scottish Fire and Rescue offer a free home fire safety visit which can be arranged by calling 0800 0731 999.

“As further information becomes available we will work closely with the Fire Service on any further action that is required following the results of the London fire investigation.”

Councillor Kenny MacLaren said: “As soon as I heard the news about the tragic events in London I contacted the Director or Housing, Mary Crearie, to seek assurances about the flats in Renfrewshire.

“I was pleased to be informed that the Director had already convened a meeting of the relevant council officers that morning and were looking at the issue as urgently as possible.

“I have been contacted by a number of constituents who were understandably concerned about their personal safety and I sought reassurances from the housing department.

“I am pleased that the Director acted so swiftly in convening a meeting and addressing all the issues.  I also urged that a statement be released to all residents in high rise flats and the same information circulated in the local press and via social media and I am glad that has also now been done.

“If any resident is still concerned about their safety please contact the council on 0300 300 0222 or contact the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for a free home safety visit on 0800 0731 999.”

Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the Scottish government would be ready to take any necessary action following an investigation into the fire.

She said: “The investigation into this fire is clearly at a very early stage and while there appear to be very serious questions to be answered we must be careful not to speculate at this stage.

“That said, members will wish to know that the local government minister has this morning discussed the fire with local authority colleagues.

“A ministerial group will also be convened to review Scottish regulations and to ensure we are standing ready to take any actions necessary as lessons are learned form this catastrophic fire.”