Council writes to residents to state its blocks are safe

Inside Croydon

A senior Croydon Council official has written to all residents in the borough’s residential blocks to reassure them and confirm that the hazardous cladding which is suspected of contributing to so much death and destruction in the Grenfell Tower blaze has not been used on their buildings. The letter, dated last Friday, June 23, states that inspections are on-going and could take a further two weeks to complete.

Stephen Tate, the council’s director of district centres and regeneration, had this second letter distributed to the residents of Croydon-owned or managed blocks over the weekend, just as it was being reported nationally that of 60 tower blocks who had had their cladding checked by government inspectors, all of them failed safety tests.

The cladding used at Grenfell is believed to have accelerated the spread of the fire and also emitted toxic fumes which will also have added to the death toll…

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