Manchester City Council

Manchester City Council’s response to the Grenfell residential block fire in London

The Council has contacted the landlords of all former council tower blocks in the city to ask for reassurances about their fire safety.

Following the horrific fire at the Grenfell flats earlier this week, the City Council would like to reassure residents that reviews are already taking place to ensure the safety of residential buildings in Manchester.

The Council’s arms-length housing management company, Northwards Housing, has already begun systematic checks of fire risk management of each of the blocks they manage to ensure they are robust and residents know what to do in the event of a fire.

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, said: “Residents should not be unduly concerned and the reviews of fire safety in Manchester’s residential blocks are a precautionary measure, and we are simply looking for reassurance that the systems in place are as robust as possible.”

Cllr Bernard Priest, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Following the horrendous events at Grenfell Tower this week we have contacted the landlords of former council blocks to request assurance that their fire measures are properly in place.  

“We are working closely with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue colleagues and we will respond to any advice they suggest as the situation develops, but if you have any concerns please contact your landlord.”

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