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SALFORD FAILS MOST TOWER BLOCK FIRE SAFETY TESTS IN UK
 

Star date: 3rd July 2017

GOVERNMENT STATES THAT 29 SALFORD BUILDINGS FAILED FIRE TESTS

In a verbal briefing yesterday, the Department of Communities and Local Government stated that 29 Salford buildings had failed fire safety tests on aluminium cladding – the most out of anywhere in the country.

The Government, however, is refusing to name the blocks, referring journalists to Salford City Council, which itself hasn't yet produced a definitive public list. Transparency doesn't seem to be evident anywhere.

Full details here...


Yesterday, the Department of Communities and Local Government held a 'verbal briefing' for favoured journalists, stating that 29 Salford buildings had failed fire safety tests on aluminium cladding.

This is the most fails out of anywhere in the country, yet neither the Government, nor Salford Council, nor the housing associations, have produced a definitive list.

The Salford Star knows of 24 blocks that have failed the test...

Pendleton Together – nine blocks: Whitebeam Court; Malus Court; Beech Court; Salix Court; Spruce Court; Holm Court; Hornbeam Court; Thorn Court and Plane Court.

Salix Homes - eight blocks: Arthur Millwood Court, Canon Hussey Court, Black Friar Court, Newbank Tower, Riverbank Tower, Sycamore Court, Magnolia Court and Mulberry Court.

City West – seven blocks: Ewood House, Cremer House, Kemball House, Craunton House, College Croft, Charter House and Southway.

This equals 24 blocks but the Government is stating 29 blocks, which means that five haven't been declared. The Government was testing five blocks in City West's Barton Village, including Engels House and Enfield House, but the results have not been relayed to tenants yet. Or, the other five buildings could be in private hands – but there is no information at all, as yet.

Neither has any information been released yet on what is actually happening with blocks that have been identified. Work to remove lower aluminium cladding panels on some blocks has started, and balcony cladding on Black Friar Court has been removed, but otherwise there is silence, as the focus turns to the actual insulation that is underneath the fire test-failed panels.*

At the time of going to press, neither City West nor Salix Homes had updated details of tests on their websites since last Wednesday, 28th June. Pendleton Together hadn't updated details since Monday 26th June (although these companies have been pushing letters through the doors of tenants).

And Salford City Council, similarly, has produced no official news since the same date, when a press release quoted Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing, parent company of Pendleton Together, saying "Since the council made the decision on Friday to remove the cladding we've been working very hard to reassure Pendleton residents of their safety..."

Transparency is almost non-existent in the process and timescales, as insulation hangs out of some blocks while others remain totally covered in the aluminium cladding that has failed Government fire tests.

Apart from Grenfel itself and its awful tragedy, Salford remains the focus of the cladding scandal with more buildings in the city failing fire tests than anywhere else in the country...

...But no-one seems to know what is happening here – or even which five blocks are the latest to fail the Government's fire test.


*See previous Salford Star article – Cladding Focus Turns To Insulation - click here (and follow the links for a full background).

Cladding Wonder Woman wrote
at 12:01:19 AM on Wednesday, July 5, 2017
@Andy Sherwin I am somewhat confused by your statement Andy and I apologise in advance if I have misunderstood your intentions. You are offering your services to remove the highly combustible cladding that you specialise in fitting. That is certainly not going to make you very popular with the residents who live in Arthur Millwood. You specialise in fitting highly combustible cladding to social housing tower blocks, and you would now like to be employed in taking such cladding back down. Does that not mean that you have been paid twice to undertake, and then take down the same highly combustible cladding. Not good!!!!!
 
Andy sherwin wrote
at 1:19:20 AM on Tuesday, July 4, 2017
I've fitted most of them cladding systems if there's any work on the removal my e mail address is above previous mass climber experience, working at heights etc Northwestroofline@hotmail.com Cheers andy
 
Cladding Wonder Woman wrote
at 1:15:43 AM on Tuesday, July 4, 2017
@oxbrow. Salix Homes has declared that Arthur Millwood & Cannon Hussey were also deemed a severe fire risk, due to the Highly Combustable Cladding that was made by the same manufacturer as those who made the Grenfell Tower Cladding Panels. So Salix Homes has admitted that not all, but quite a few Salix Homes Tower Blocks have failed the fire safety tests. In Arthur Millwood all of the front doors which are supposed to be fire doors have huge gaps underneath and above them. The internal hallway doors open when it is windy. There are few or no fire extinguishers above the ground floor. No sprinkler system. We also have a highly combustable heating system on top of the roof which is gas powered. I wonder how many fire commanders have inspected Arthur Millwood recently?
 
Carole Moore wrote
at 10:08:58 AM on Monday, July 3, 2017
My sister lives on Malus received a phone call at 12:10 this afternoon asking her to empty their garage and hand the keys in today! Her partner is at work and we were out so she told them that they wouldn't be able to empty their garage until Saturday and asked if they would be refunded the months rent they had just paid and did they have any suggestions as to where they could park their car!!
 
S oxbrow wrote
at 8:19:36 AM on Monday, July 3, 2017
Salix Homes saying to residents it's only 3 blocks that has failed the tests Blackfriar court, newbank & riverbank towers
 
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