More tower blocks fail safety checks

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.

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Salford residents angry and face uncertainty about their homes

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.

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'Unsafe' cladding removed from flats on Merseyside

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 removed from flats in Bootle Credit: ITV

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.

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Works starting on nine high rise blocks in Salford

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.

I assured local residents on Friday that their safety came first and that work would begin as quickly as possible. I am pleased to confirm that contractors have started the works.

This is the right thing to do. I said once we had made the decision we would get on with removing the cladding. We haven't waited around and we're getting on with it straight away.

– City Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett

Cladding to come down from NINE tower blocks in Salford

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

“Along with Salford City Council we put the safety of our residents first. We support the decision that Salford City Council have made and are working very hard with them to reassure our residents at this time.”

“We are currently carrying out checks and testing all aspects of our fire prevention work and have fire marshal patrols of all blocks 24 hours a day. In addition, we are currently visiting all our residents individually."

– Steve Close, Chief Executive of Together Housing

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; firesafety@pendletontogether.co.uk.

Cladding stripped from tower block

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.

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