HOME   ARCHIVE   GALLERY   SHOP   ABOUT US      
 

 
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
 
Please enter your comment below:
 
 
 
Salford Star Hoodies
Salford Star contact
Deli Lama
advertisement
 
Contact us
phone: 07957 982960
Facebook       Twitter
 
 
Recent comments
article: SALFORD COUNCILLORS COULD BE CUT IN BOUNDARY COMMISSION REVIEW
I could name three from my ward that should be culled.... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
Is it possible the Star could get a hold of the facts and figures of how many times the Council has challenged developers (if at a... [more]
article: OVER 1500 SALFORD PEOPLE SIGN PETITION AGAINST BUILDING IN BUILE HILL PARK
Here's an idea. On May 3rd you have a vote. Find out which councillor is on your side and vote for them. If they support this deve... [more]
article: SALFORD CITY MAYOR MISLEADING STATEMENTS ON DEVELOPER CASH
Sorry if my little piece is slightly off, it's with me pissing my self reading Mr Dennett's love child complaining of bullying. T... [more]
article: SALFORD PHOTO ARCHIVE GIVEAWAY
Hi Paul. I lived for my first 8 or so years on Pine Street off Hough Lane in Lower Broughton (1966-74) All very long gone obvious... [more]
 
 
 
 
 
Days
Hours
Minutes
Seconds
 
 
 

Donate

Help the Salford Star...

all donations welcome

 
 

More articles...

SALFORD MINERS REMEMBERED AT AGECROFT MEMORIAL

Star date: 22nd April 2018

RESPECT PAID TO IRWELL VALLEY MINERS

Yesterday, former miners, families and trade unionists gathered at the Agecroft Colliery monument to pay respects to those who lost their lives down the pits...

"Today means everything, it's the only way we can pay back what they did for you" said Jackie Rimmer, whose father died down Agecroft Colliery in 1963.

Full details here...

SALFORD CITY FC WIN PROMOTION TO VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE

Star date: 22nd April 2018

SALFORD CITY ONE STEP AWAY FROM FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Salford City FC became champions of the National League North yesterday, despite losing 2-1 to Boston United. Harrogate Town's defeat at Bradford Park Avenue means that no-one can now catch the Class of '92 club.

Full details here...

SALFORD COMMUNITY WOOD CARVING CLUB OPENS AT ECCLES CENTRE

Star date: 22nd April 2018

EXHIBITION OF SALFORD WOOD CARVINGS OPENS NEW UNEMPLOYED ARTS CLUB

An exhibition of ninety wood carvings, featuring everything from birds to animals, to wood spirits and politicians, has opened at the Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre.

The exhibition will kickstart a new Salford Unemployed Arts Club based at the Centre, where anyone who is unemployed or disabled can meet and try wood carving or any other creative activity.

Full details here...

NEW SALFORD ‘CLEAN’ COMEDY NIGHT HUGE SUCCESS IN IRLAMS O’ TH’ HEIGHT

Star date: 22nd April 2018

CAN 'CLEAN' COMEDY WORK IN SALFORD? ABSOLUTELY!

This week saw a trial 'clean comedy' night at The Vine Cafe in Irlams O' Th' Height, with five comics wowing the sold out venue, and not a swear word or lewd reference in earshot...

"It had to be right kind of acts" explained organiser Sally Griffiths, as the mix of new performers and professionals pulled off the clean comedy night with aplomb (ooh, er, missus...).

Full details here...

COSMIC SHAMBLES RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE IN SALFORD

Star date: 21st April 2018

GRUNGY PSYCHEDELIA FROM COSMIC SHAMBLES

The name of the band kind of describes the sound of Cosmic Shambles, a band that released its debut single, All Over Now, via Salford City Radio. The Shambles range from grungy to psychedelia, as Ian Leslie discovers...

Full details here...

 



written and produced by Salfordians for Salfordians
with attitude and love xxx