FOLLOWING the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower in London and in direct response to the concerns of residents in similar buildings in Greater Manchester, the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has set up a housing taskforce, which is being led by Salford City Mayor Councillor Paul Dennett and supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS).Â
The taskforce includes landlords of tower blocks across the city region in both private and public ownership, as well as representatives from every local authority in Greater Manchester and other specialist officers who can offer support to ensure every high rise is safe and receives the right fire safety advice.Â
Specialist officers from GMFRS have already carried out visits to identify any immediate issues which give cause for concern and have carried out a major joint inspection, alongside housing providers, in every building where the cladding has failed the Building Research Establishment tests.Â
Be reassured that landlords with any building where the cladding has failed the test have put in place significant measures to minimise the risk to residents in the event of a fire. These include evacuation plans and 24-hour security patrols in the buildings.Â
If you have any concerns about the safety of your building you can email [email protected] check www.manchesterfire.gov.uk for more information or ring 0800 555815.