Salford Council's nine blocks, run by Pendleton Together, have failed the new Government fire safety test which examined cladding and insulation systems. The BBC reported this morning that sixty blocks throughout the country, including private and housing association buildings had failed the tests - but Salford's are thought to be the only local council owned blocks to feature.
Last night Salford Council issued a statement confirming the fact... "The Department for Communities and Local Government has now informed Salford City Council that the cladding and insulation system used at the nine Pendleton blocks has failed their latest tests."
Deputy Mayor and new Salford 'fire tsar', Councillor John Merry says; "We had prepared in advance for the test results and Pendleton Together, which is responsible for managing the Pendleton blocks, is already undertaking works to remove and replace the cladding system. We are focusing on doing what it takes to make the buildings safe and decisive steps have been taken to progress a permanent solution.
"Residents need and deserve this reassurance" he adds "We are fully committed to ensuring that our buildings meet the highest standards, continuing the commitment to develop a vibrant, attractive neighbourhood.
"Until the permanent solution is confirmed, the insulation is being protected from the weather with cement boards" he explains "This is a temporary measure recommended by technical advisors. Testing has been arranged in August to ensure that the permanent replacement meets the necessary safety standards.
"In the meantime, we will continue to work closely with Pendleton Together and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and will implement any further measures recommended in respect of fire safety" he says "We will also respond to any recommendations that emerge from the Grenfell Tower investigation."
The Salford Star understands that behind the scenes possible legal action is being considered by Salford Council against either contractors or sub contractors who worked on the blocks, which include Thorn Court, Spruce Court and Whitebeam Court.
Meanwhile, minutes of last week's scrutiny meeting on fire safety, in which the public was barred from what is usually a public meeting (see here), have still not been made available to the public. Neither have any of the fire safety reports that have been concluded.
Salford City Council, it appears, is trying to manage information available to residents of the blocks, while constantly 'reassuring' them...
...But residents are getting more and more furious.
Residents hit out at Pendleton Together and Salford Council - click here