MP Chloe Smith seeks answers on safety of Norwich’s tower blocks after devastating Grenfell blaze

Grenfell Tower
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Grenfell Tower Picture: Rick Findler/PA Wire - Credit: PA

MP Chloe Smith has been given assurances that Norwich's tower blocks are safe in the wake of the devastating Grenfell fire.

Ms Smith wrote to the chief executive of Norwich City Council Laura McGillivray asking for details of any cladding used on buildings in the city. It is feared cladding was the reason the fire at Grenfell Tower in Islington took hold of the whole building.

The Norwich North MP also asked when the last fire safety checks were conducted. The letter reads: 'I would be grateful if you could confirm that all of the buildings are fully compliant with fire and building regulations.

'Further more I would like assurances that none of the buildings have any external cladding that might now be considered dangerous. Additionally I would like to know when Norfolk Fire and Rescue last carried out a fire risk assessment for each of the tower blocks in Heartsease and Mile Cross and what guidance is given to residents.'

Mrs McGillivray wrote back: 'Firstly, let me reassure you that we have been reviewing our tower blocks and the safety regulations on a regular basis and not just as a result of the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower.

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None of our blocks have external cladding. Our blocks are checked daily by caretakers (seven days a week) and fire and rescue check each block every three to four months. We have had one fire in the last few years and it was contained to one flat as expected.'

The Grenfell blaze has so far claimed 79 lives, the deadliest fire in mainland Britain for more than 100 years.

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