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Grenfell Tower: Hackney brings in experts to decide if sprinklers should be fitted in housing blocks

PUBLISHED: 10:40 26 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:54 06 July 2017

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Sprinkler systems will be “fully explored” as part of Hackney Council’s fire safety review in the wake of the Grenfell Tower inferno.

The town hall says none of its blocks use the same kind of cladding as Grenfell and all its fire risk assessments are up-to-date, but has produced an “action plan” to reassure people.

An independent fire adviser – the former borough commander of Hackney, Graham Howgate – has been asked to review the blocks and their cladding, and if he or the fire brigade recommend sprinklers the council will install them. Currently only two blocks on the Frampton Park Estate have them.

The safety review will cover signage and information leaflets, while sections of cladding will be removed for testing. Risk assessments for medium to high-rise blocks will be reviewed and the results will be published online.

Mayor Phil Glanville said: “It’s only right we take stock now, and we have commissioned an expert independent company to carry out a review, to allow us to give residents some extra peace of mind. Staff are busy completing this work now, and we will keep residents updated.”

The council has also asked all social housing providers in the borough to investigate cladding on their properties.

Meanwhile, mayor Glanville also said Hackney’s social services had been helping out in Kensington.

He added: “What happened at Grenfell Tower is devastating and, like residents across our borough, the council wanted to find a way to support the survivors.

“Councils across London received a call to help with the effort in supporting all of the families affected by the tragedy.

“Hackney Council was one of the first to respond, with some of our social workers arriving by the afternoon to be a point of contact for those in need of help.”

The council has published a list of FAQs on its site. View them here.

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