Brentwood Borough Council is committed to ensuring the safety of its tenants and leaseholders. A key part of this commitment includes informing residents of actions undertaken by the Council. It also includes ensuring that residents are aware of their responsibilities and are acting safely for the benefit of the entire community.
Actions taken by the Council include the following:
- Immediate Precautionary Inspections: Additional visual inspections of all high-rise flatted accommodations (tower blocks) have been completed. Inspections were conducted in concert by the Head of Housing, Housing Manager, Compliance Manager (Mechanical & Electrical Engineer)and Borough Health & Safety Advisor.
- Essex County Fire & Rescue Audit: These are completed annually by Essex Fire and Rescue Service for tower blocks and flatted accommodations (of above 4 storeys). To specifically consider matters arising from the Grenfell Tower catastrophe and to feed into collated inspection reports.
- Planned Programme of Works: The Council has embarked on a Safety First planned maintenance regime. This is focussed on the 5 larger/tower blocks within the Housing stock. The works being conducted are based on the recommendations following Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Audits.
We will keep residents updated, particularly following the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service audit. All recommendations will be fully considered and implemented as required.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind tenants and leaseholders that communal areas should be kept clear at all times. Personal items, including scooters, bikes, buggies or pushchairs and play equipment should NOT be left in communal corridors, areas or cupboards. All communal areas should be sterile and free of obstructions.
The Council will be seeking to work with residents to ensure the above is achieved. If residents consistently fail to adhere to fire safety standards and breach their tenancy then further action will be taken in the interests of communal well-being and safety.
Please note that any items left in communal areas may be removed without prior notice and recharges made where necessary. Any item deemed high risk, such as gas bottles, motorcycles, gas bbqs etc... will be removed immediately without notice and recharges made where necessary.
If any resident has specific concerns or has identified any particular issue pertaining to fire safety please contact us via
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01277 312500 (please ask for the Estates Officer covering your area).
Any residents requiring further information on fire safety precautions may wish to look at Essex County Fire & Rescue Services’ website, particularly high rise accommodation and home fire safety advice.
The Council's Fire Safety Policy can be found below along with fire evacuation notices for the different block types.
We hope the above information is of assistance to you and we look forward to working with you to ensure safety for our communities.