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Leeds residents fears over huge bills to remove potentially dangerous cladding

Residents in thirteen apartment blocks across the region may have to to move out unless potentially dangerous cladding is removed.

The warning comes in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy in London two years ago which claimed the lives of 72 people.

West Yorkshire Fire Service now says urgent action still needs to be taken to remove flammable cladding on buildings in Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield.

The owners of all Leeds buildings identified by the fire service have been given until midnight today ( Friday 10 January) to tell residents exactly what work needs to be carried out and how much it will cost them.

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Grenfell Tower disaster Credit: PA Images

In a statement West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said:

WYFRS is committed to keeping residents and our firefighters safe.

We are calling for urgent action to be taken to remove flammable cladding which remains on some buildings across our region.

Enhanced fire safety (interim measures) were put in place to allow residents to continue living in such buildings following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in 2017. However, these measures were designed to be short-term until works could be completed to remove the flammable cladding.

We are now more than two years down the line and we feel these interim measures cannot go on indefinitely.

There has been a lack of action from some of those legally responsible for these buildings to resolve this issue, and following the first phase of the Grenfell report, we feel steps need to be taken, by the responsible parties, to remove this cladding to ensure the safety of residents"

– West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue