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£3m to replace Grenfell-style cladding on Newport tower blocks

Three of Newport City Homes' tower blocks have failed cladding safety checks Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

£3m is to be given to the city of Newport to replace cladding on its tower blocks.

The Welsh Government says Newport City Homes will replace cladding on three tower blocks in the city.

The three residential high-rise buildings are the only ones in the Welsh social housing sector confirmed as having Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) systems corresponding with those which failed large-scale fire tests.

Newport City Homes acted quickly to safeguard residents, putting in place a number of fire safety measures, including fitting sprinklers.

Now it’s our turn to support them with this investment, which will enable Newport City Homes to continue their commitment to resident safety, without compromising their vital plans to build more social housing in the city.

– Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans

Last year cladding on the three 11-storey tower blocks, in Milton Court, Hillview and Greenwood, was found to be similar to a system that failed a round of fire safety tests following the Grenfell tragedy.

More: Newport cladding tests reveal further safety failings