Housing association backs down over removal of fire safety system

A housing association has reversed its decision to remove fire sprinklers from homes in Wiltshire after a protest by residents.

Tenants of Selwood Housing argued their safety was being put at risk when they were told the sprinklers in their properties would be removed.

But the Association said they were too expensive to maintain, and the money would be better off spent building new homes.

The sprinklers were installed twenty years ago as part of a pilot project in Trowbridge.

But last month the housing association announced plans to scrap the sprinklers at 212 homes in the Studley Green estate, which outraged residents.

Now, after consulting with the Residential Sprinkler Association and Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, the association have announced they sprinkler system will stay.

20-years-ago these residents were shown the benefits of sprinklers.

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue said they were delighted with the decision, while Nigel Chandler, the Chair of the Residential Sprinkler Association said he was pleased to help Selwood find a cost effective solution.

The sprinklers are installed throughout resident's homes