Laura Sharman 18 August 2017

Council set to spend £25m on improving safety of tower blocks

Council set to spend £25m on improving safety of tower blocks image

Salford City Council is to decide next week if it should borrow up to £25m to improve the fire safety of nine council-owned tower blocks.

A new report recommends the council uses its borrowing powers to replace the ACM cladding on tower blocks in Pendleton.

‘We will not allow the lack of immediate funding to become a barrier to undertaking further essential fire safety works on the Pendleton tower blocks,’ said the council’s deputy city mayor, John Merry.

‘We are asking for a decision to provide temporary funding so that works can continue to replace the ACM cladding as quickly as possible. The city mayor has made clear that the safety of residents is of paramount importance. So we’re now taking the necessary steps to ensure works are undertaken.’

The council said the regeneration of the towers had been carried out under a PFI contract but it would not allow legal disputes to prevent essential works from being carried out.

It will decide on the extra funding at a special meeting on the 23 August.

City Mayor, Paul Dennett, added: ‘This is not an easy time for local authorities – government cuts have taken a severe toll on council budgets. This will be a strain on our resources but it is important that we respond effectively to address safety issues raised by the Grenfell Tower tragedy and we must do all in our power to ensure that a fire such as this never happens again.’

In this week's MJ, Heather Jameson says it is time the Government stopped burying its head in the sand on complex social issues - especially in the wake of Grenfell.

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Member Enquiries Officer

Essex County Council
£24735 - £26800 per annum
Member Enquiries OfficerFixed Term - maternity cover for at least 9 months, from early May 2021Full Time, 37 hours per weekUp to £26,800 per annumLoca England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Democratic Services Officer

Essex County Council
£24735 - £28845 per annum
Democratic Services OfficerPermanentFull Time, 37 hours per weekUp to £28,845 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Part Time Residential Worker - The Maples

Essex County Council
£20604 - £26801 per annum
Part Time Residential Worker - The MaplesPermanent, Part Time£20,604 to £26,801 per annum pro rataLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Senior Workforce Development Lead

Essex County Council
£30906 - £39168 per annum
Job Purpose Essex County Council (ECC) is achieving transformational change across Adult Social Care and Children and Families Services, underpinned b England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Director Environment

Doncaster Council
£95,438
We are looking for a strategic and resilient leader to become our next Assistant Director of Environment here in Doncaster. Doncaster, South Yorkshire
Recuriter: Doncaster Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue