Council to retrofit sprinklers in all tower blocks

Stockport Council has announced it intends to retrofit sprinklers in each of the borough’s 22 multi-storey blocks.

The announcement came as part of a statement on fire safety by Cllr Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities & Housing, at the Full Council meeting on Thursday 29th June.

Since the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower, Stockport Council Officers, Councillors and Fire Service personnel have been working closely with Stockport Homes to ensure the fire safety of its buildings. These measures were highlighted at the Council meeting.

Measures include ordering immediate fire safety assessments to be undertaken on all multi-storey blocks in the borough, putting in place plans to reduce the amount of time between fire safety assessments from five years to three, sending information to Stockport Homes tenants and arranging for safety tests to be undertaken on all high rise housing blocks in Stockport.

The Council has confirmed none of this cladding is similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, and all Stockport Homes buildings are adequately fire stopped in line with fire safety best practice, but for additional reassurance Stockport Homes will be sending samples from two buildings for independent combustibility testing.

At the same time, assessments of Council and privately owned buildings are being undertaken across the borough in partnership with the Fire Service. All cladding proposed for developments taking place, such as Redrock, are also under investigation by officers.

However, last night’s announcement means that Stockport Council will bring forward proposals to retrofit sprinklers into all residential tower blocks in the borough to further improve fire safety and assure residents.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said:

“The Grenfell Tower tragedy is an event which has left people traumatised, homeless, afraid and scared and must never happen again. A fitting legacy to those who lost their lives would be that we never, ever see such a horror again.

“As a Local Authority, we have a duty to take whatever action is required to this end, and furthermore to assure residents we are doing so.

“Over recent weeks, we have been working closely with Stockport Homes and the Fire Service to undertake a range of measures to assure residents and to work toward a future where their homes are as safe as possible. Retrofitting sprinklers into our multi-storey blocks is an important part of this mix, and I am pleased to announce our intention to pursue this course of action in Stockport.

“Finally, I would like to thank all the hard work put in by officers, partners and the Fire Services to reassure residents and ensure a safer future for the people of Stockport.”