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Update: Norwich building fails cladding test

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I'm pleased everyone involved has acted quickly to review fire risk across the city since the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London.

To date, in Norwich, six accommodation blocks have been found which have external cladding that has failed fire safety tests.

 

I'm informed that one of the medium rise blocks belongs to Broadland Housing Association whilst the other five are privately owned. I’ve been told tenants in all six buildings have now been contacted.

The building company which constructed the buildings has also been informed.

Consequently Norfolk's Fire service has advised extra fire safety measures (moving cars from underneath the blocks, 24/7 wardens and immediate evacuation in case of fire) which will mitigate risks. I’m told these measures will stay in place until further guidance is received.

All residents and tenants in the affected buildings have been notified of the changes. I'm told the Fire Service are offering home safety visits.

Norwich City Council and other relevant authorities continue to be been in regular contact with the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Local Government Association (LGA).

Many of these points are explained further in the attached piece from the EDP.

We will have more details as they arise. I am in the process of talking with relevant organisations and plan to meet affected residents soon.

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