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Tower block fire risks to be reassessed

PUBLISHED: 17:32 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2010

COUNCIL bosses have promised to carry out more fire assessments on tower blocks deemed high risk despite plans to demolish them. Six blocks in Greenwich have been rated as having a high fire risk in assessments carried out by the council, as revealed by

COUNCIL bosses have promised to carry out more fire assessments on tower blocks deemed high risk despite plans to demolish them.

Six blocks in Greenwich have been rated as having a high fire risk in assessments carried out by the council, as revealed by a BBC Freedom of Information request.

The corporation reported that 71 of Greenwich's 101 tower blocks had invalid fire risk assessments.

Council workers told the Times that they have only finished fire risk assessments on sheltered accommodation housing blocks but said surveys on blocks above six storeys will be completed by the end of October.

Greenwich's 'high risk' blocks are Hewett House in Plumstead, Leclair House in Gallus Square, Kidbrooke, and in Woolwich: Parker House in Brookhill Road; Wilford House and Stirling House in Simmons Road; Parker House in Brook Hill Road; and Muller House in Connaught Road.

A council spokesperson said: "Rating a building as high risk does not automatically mean it is rated as dangerous. When the risk assessment is undertaken it highlights the need for any action to improve the safety of the building and any works are then completed.

"Fire risk assessments were carried out at Hewett, Parker, Wilford, Stirling and Muller Houses in August. They will be reviewed within six months.

"All of these blocks are due to be demolished under our plans to regenerate the estates in this area, but work has been undertaken to maintain safety levels.

"A fire risk assessment was carried out at Leclair House in July. Remedial works were undertaken and the next fire risk assessment will take place within six months. This block is currently being decanted as part of the Ferrier Estate improvement programme."

Bexley council claimed none of its 40 tower blocks had invalid risk assessments.


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