Important Notice (19th June 2017)
Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower in London all Local Authorities will be reviewing their fire safety standards and procedures, particularly within high-rise accommodations.
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.
- Annual Fire Inspections: The Council is currently compliant, with an annual rolling programme of safety inspections.
- Essex County Fire & Rescue Audit: To be completed next week 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.
- Electrical & emergency lighting checks: Boiler houses/communal areas: Are conducted by the Council’s electrical contractor Oakray on a rolling programme basis; additional checks have also been completed in light of the above.
- Flatted Accommodation Checks: All other Council-owned flatted accommodations will be inspected over the next couple of weeks.
- Enhanced Fire Safety Monitoring regime: To be implemented within the next fortnight.
- Planned Programme of Works: To be engaged in following the Essex County Fire & Rescue Audit, based on recommendations arising.
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/pushchairs and play equipment should NOT be left in communal corridors, areas or cupboards.
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 personal items left in communal areas potentially breaching fire safety standards may be removed without notice.
If any resident has specific concerns or has identified any particular issue pertaining to fire safety please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We hope the above information is of assistance to you and we look forward to working with you to ensure safety for our communities.