Safety of High Rise Blocks

Copy of the letter to Residents




Dear Resident


I am sure you are as shocked and saddened as we are by the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower, a 24-storey block of flats in London.

Understandably you will be concerned and I would like to reassure you about the current measures in place to ensure your safety.

Fire Risk Assessments have been carried out on all our high-rise properties, this together with other measures such as the removal of items from the communal areas, smoke alarms in flats and daily checks by a caretaker, help reduce the potential for the spread of any fire.

Council officers work closely with the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service to ensure the blocks are as safe as possible. Joint fire training events have been carried out at most of our high-rise blocks to strengthen our procedures.

The Fire Service has advised that the safest place for residents during a fire is their own home, unless their property is directly affected by the fire.  We have been in contact with the Fire Service and this advice has not changed. If there is any change to this guidance we will inform you immediately.

Each high-rise flat is built to be fire proof; this means fire should be contained within the individual flat. It is worth noting that while there have been instances of fire in our high-rise blocks in the past, none have spread to adjoining properties.

You may be aware that there is concern that a new cladding system installed at Grenfell Tower may have contributed to the spread of fire. While several of our high-rise blocks were over clad in the early 1990s, this was done using traditional fire-retardant materials, different from those used in London.

Your safety is our utmost concern and in order to satisfy any doubts you may have we will be engaging an independent firm of consultants to review the integrity of existing cladding systems.  No new cladding will be used on high rise blocks until a full review has been completed and further consultation has taken place.

If you would like to discuss any of these issues please contact the Tenant Participation Team on 2087 1777.

Yours sincerely