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Residents in Salford say they're angry and face uncertainty about the safety of their homes as work to strip potentially dangerous cladding from nine tower blocks continues.
The council claims they'll spend tens of millions of pounds to get the buildings up to the correct fire safety standards.
They hope to recoup that money through legal action. A new cladding system is currently being tested in Dubai.
More cladding is being removed from buildings in the region, following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London which claimed more than 79 lives.
Cladding is being removed from flats in Bootle after it failed safety checks and cladding on four buildings in Manchester has also failed fire safety tests.
Andy Groom, Head of Fire Safety for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, says the cladding will be removed by the end of the day.
Work to remove aluminium composite cladding on nine high rise blocks in Salford has begun according to the council, in advance of government test results.
Salford City Council has announced that cladding is to be removed from its high rise homes in Pendleton. It follows the Grenfell Tower disaster which killed at least 79 people.
The cladding is made from aluminium composite. The blocks are run by Pendleton Together on behalf of the council and have recently undergone major refurbishment. City Mayor Paul Dennett said today that cladding would be stripped from all of them.
Mayor Dennett said: “The decision to remove the cladding on the council’s nine tower blocks is the right and moral thing to do. There will be no waiting around in Salford whilst there are any questions about the safety of our residents.
The nine blocks are:
- Whitebeam Court
- Malus Court
- Beech Court
- Salix Court
- Spruce Court
- Holm Court
- Hornbeam Court
- Thorn Court
- Plane Court
Drop in sessions are being held on each block and a dedicated email address has been contact us via our dedicated email address has been set up; email@example.com.
Cladding's being removed from a tower block in Greater Manchester after tests showed that it could be made of similar material to those in the Grenfell Tower fire.
The material's being stripped from a residential block in the Village 135 development in Wythenshawe.
Firefighters who've inspected the development say there are many safety features in place and they do not have any great concerns.
Latest ITV News reports
A second housing provider in Salford has suspended the removal of cladding from its high-rise blocks because of "unclear" Government advice.
Trafford Housing Trust has confirmed cladding on its tower blocks has failed fire safety tests.