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Fire safety message on behalf of Neil Wightman

15th June 2017

Dear Resident,

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington on Tuesday night, I am writing to you as a resident of one of Lambeth’s residential tower blocks, to give an update of the current situation and to reassure you that the safety of our residents, staff and visitors in Lambeth is given the highest priority.

Firstly, I want to confirm to you that all Lambeth Housing structures have an up-to-date fire risk assessment. There are a range of actions required as a result of the assessments which are being followed up – and blocks are being prioritised.

I chair a fortnightly Health & Safety meeting which monitors the action plan and reviews fire risk and I also met with the Health & Safety team following the Grenfell fire, to discuss further actions including reviewing blocks, which have similar designs to Grenfell. I will also be meeting the London Fire Brigade to discuss evacuation procedures and ensure notices in blocks are renewed or updated where required.

As more is known about the cause of the fire in Kensington, lessons will be learnt and good practice will follow, which will be reviewed alongside Lambeth procedures. In the meantime please help to keep you and your neighbours safe by:

  • Making sure you have a working smoke alarm in your home
  • Keeping balconies free from clutter
  • Not leaving rubbish or bikes in communal areas or obstruct escape routes
  • Making sure you know where your nearest fire exit is, and
  • If you are a smoker please do not smoke in common areas of the block and always fully extinguish cigarettes smoked in your home and dispose of them carefully and safely

If you have any questions or concerns about fire safety within your block or home please do not hesitate to contact your local housing office or the HM Fire Safety Department at Lambeth (Email : HMfiresafety@lambeth.gov.uk) alternatively you may wish to contact the London Fire Brigade on 0800 028 44 28 who are able to undertake Home Fire Safety Visits. We have included a leaflet on home fire safety produced by the fire brigade.

The Leader of the Council, Cllr Lib Peck, has issued a statement following the Grenfell fire, which can be seen online at love.lambeth.gov.uk/grenfell-tower-fire.

Yours faithfully

Neil Wightman

Director of Housing Services
London Borough of Lambeth Housing Services 1st Floor Blue Star House, 234-240 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9SP

Download the LFB Fire Safety Poster here: Fire (PDF)

1 Response

  1. jharbourne

    Further to Neil Wightman’s letter to tower block residents last week, it was felt appropriate to organise meetings for resident reps to reassure and explain our response to the awful fire in Grenfell Tower last week. Therefore meetings have been arranged for next week to which TRAs/TMOs can send a rep to.

    The dates and times are:

    Wednesday 28th June, 7pm Pedlars Acre, Kennington Lane
    Thursday 29th June, 7pm Lecture Theatre, International House
    Friday 30th June 11am, Drew House, Sackville Estate, Leigham Avenue, SW16.

    Because of the limitations of the venues, we will have to limit numbers for each meeting so need you to let us know which meeting your rep would like to attend. You can do this by emailing gettinginvolved@lambeth.gov.uk and stating which meeting you would like to attend. Please also include contact details for the rep

    Any queries

    Mark Howarth
    Governance & Resident Engagement Manager
    Housing Services
    London Borough of Lambeth
    1st Floor Blue Star House
    234-244 Stockwell Road
    SW9 9SP
    teL: 020 7926 8319
    email: mhowarth@lambeth.gov.uk

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