William Eichler 14 June 2022

London councils mark Grenfell fire anniversary with call for fire safety support

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Too many buildings across London are still waiting for unsafe cladding to be removed or for other fire safety works to be carried out, the capital’s council leaders have said.

The cross-party organisation London Councils issued the warning today as they marked the five-year anniversary of the Grenfell fire which cost the lives of 72 people.

The capital’s boroughs support Government moves to secure greater contributions from the private residential developer industry.

However, London Councils said they wanted Government support over the implementation of the Building Safety Act, particularly regarding councils’ powers and resources for enforcing safety measures.

Cllr Darren Rodwell, London Councils’ executive member for Regeneration, Housing & Planning, said: ‘Five years on, no one should still be living in a building with dangerous cladding. Yet there are still too many buildings across the capital requiring fire safety works because of cladding or other issues, and too many Londoners stuck in limbo while arguments rage over how these works should be paid for.

‘Boroughs continue to push for improvements to the national fire safety regime. Although progress has been made, there can be no rest until we know every Londoner is safe – and feels safe – in their home.’

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