Update on Birmingham City Council’s response to the Grenfell Tower fire

Since the Grenfell Tower fire Cllr Mary Locke has been working hard to ensure local residents living in high rises in Birmingham can feel confident their homes are adequately protected when it comes to fire safety. Here’s a quick update on the latest developments.

Cabinet report on Grenfell Tower due next week

As previously reported, the council has been working with West Midlands Fire Service to carry out fire safety checks on high rise properties. The findings of these checks and other investigations will go into a Cabinet report. It is expected the report will provide an assessment of the safety of Birmingham’s council housing stock and identify further actions that need to be taken to address any safety concerns that have been identified. Watch this space for more information.

Mary’s role in promoting safe housing

Mary is well-placed to keep a careful eye on the council’s response to Grenfell Tower and to make sure it fulfils its responsibilities to keep people safe. Mary sits on the council’s Housing and Homes Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The committee’s job is to take an in-depth look at all aspects of housing in Birmingham, including the quality of council housing, and identify opportunities for improvement.

In light of Grenfell Tower, Mary would like the committee to take a close look at the safety of high rises in Birmingham. Mary is particularly keen to find answers to the following questions:

  • How do our high rises compare to Grenfell Tower?
  • Are the materials used in our high rises fire proof?
  • Are escape routes adequately marked and up to date?
  • Are Extinguishers and sprinklers fitted?
  • Are fire alarms smoke detectors fitted and regularly tested?
  • Howe is fire safety monitored on a day-to-day basis?

More information to follow

We will keep you informed about the council’s response to the Grenfell Tower and what Mary is doing to ensure residents are kept safe.

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