While Pevensey and Westham do not have any tower blocks to worry about there is still concern for others who may live in Council property. I have been asked if Wealden have any buildings that could be dangerous. Wealden’s highest flats are only 4 stories, and there is no cladding or other materials that would perform as the cladding on Grenfell Towers. Wealden District Council already have always made tenants safety a priority. Following last weeks events a letter on fire safety is being delivered to every Council Tennant to reassure and confirm advice that had always been in place..
Wealden District Council have issued the following statement, which can be found in the “housing” section of their website (scroll down to “fire safety) http://www.wealden.gov.uk
The recent tragic events have naturally heightened everyone’s concerns around fire safety but we would seek to reassure our tenants that fire safety has always been and will continue to be a top priority for us.
We would like to reassure our tenants, their families, carers and our support provider partners that we have not fitted external cladding to any of our properties and do not manage high rise developments.
All our blocks have up to date fire risk assessments which confirm we have appropriate fire precautions in place. We have an ongoing programme of improvement works to ensure fire doors remain in good working order, compartmentalisation has not been breached and replacement doors and alterations to existing doors meet requirements.
If you live in a flat our advice is to ‘stay put’ until you receive advice from the emergency services to do differently. If smoke, heat or flames enter your home and only if it is safe to do so, leave straight away. This guidance is in line with that given by the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
Cllr Lin Clark