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PENDLETON TOGETHER PROMISES INDEPENDENT REVIEW OF SALFORD TOWER BLOCK SAFETY
 

Star date: 16th June 2017

PENDLETON TOGETHER STATES IT WILL 'LEARN LESSONS' FROM FIRE SAFETY INQUIRY

After two days, Pendleton Together has responded to Salford Star questions by reference to Fire Safety Advice on its website. The company, which refurbished and clad Salford tower blocks including Spruce and Thorn Court, states that it is holding an 'independent review of the refurbishment work and our ongoing safety practices'...

Full details here...


Previous to the Salford Star article yesterday which tried to throw light on the cladding materials used in the Pendleton Together tower blocks, the company would not return our calls or reply to our email*. Instead, it put a statement on its website...

"Together Housing has cladding on a number of its properties and, following speculation in the media, understand customers' concerns about whether it is fire resistant.

"In construction, Together Housing have taken every step possible to ensure the materials they use are fire resistant and the design safe. We do not yet know the details from the Grenfell Tower Fire, so we won't speculate on the cause or be able to compare its design to ours. However, we are reviewing this on a daily basis as details become available and will be keeping tenants informed through our digital channels."

This afternoon, the company replied directly, referring us to an updated statement, announcing an "independent review of the refurbishment work and our ongoing safety practices...

"We understand the concerns from our residents as more information from the horrendous Grenfell fire in London becomes available. The Prime Minister has also announced a full public enquiry into to understand the causes of the fire.  This will mean we can learn any lessons in terms of fire safety and prevention in due course.

"Pendleton Together puts the safety of our residents first.  We have therefore moved quickly to hold independent review of the refurbishment work and our ongoing safety practices. This will be undertaken by safety experts which have no part in the refurbishment to date.  Contractors from the company Trident are in Pendleton today and will be onsite over the coming weeks.

"This review will involve surveyors looking into the fabric of the blocks to double check there are no issues that we need to address. You may see surveyors on your blocks any time from today so please allow them time to undertake their work. If you have any queries you may call us on 0300 555 5567, contact us via social media such as Twitter or Facebook or visit our office on Loganberry Avenue.

"We would take the opportunity to remind our customers that the materials used during the Pendleton refurbishments are all in line with British Board Agreement accreditations. Everything has been installed in accordance with best practice and manufacturer's guidelines. All works were certified on completion and fire risk assessments have been undertaken on all blocks."

The questions that hopefully will be answered during the Prime Minister's public inquiry are what sort of cladding is safe and whether 'British Board Agreement accreditations' are adequate.

To read the Pendleton Together statement – click here


*See also related Salford Star articles...

Cladding used in Pendleton Tower Blocks 'Contributes To Fire Growth' state experts – click here

Recent Pendleton High Rise Fire Highlights Inadequacies – click here

Salford Tower Block Fire Risks Ignored By Salix Homes For Five Years – click here

ANON wrote
at 09:22:34 on 17 June 2017
I live in Delinquent Heights (sorry Delaney) having moved out of my block whilst that is being refurbished with cladding my landlord Guinness partnership (who are not usually very responsive or adaptive in any way) responded within 48 hours to my query on the cladding. I had a fairly good idea that there was no issue with our blocks, as they are concrete scree covering a Natural Mineral (Rockwool) which was used for the cladding, I knew this before I got the letter as I run into the Project Manager who informed me in more detail than the letter, additionally we were supplied with the LFB (Londond Fire Brigade) advice on what to do in the event of a fire, it does not say stay in your flat as a blanket coverall in all circumstances, that were previously advised to do, it says to use your common sense. However that does not negate that given that my landlord is a registered charity that they are in some way not a bunch of money grabbing shysters either, because they are, the rent here is dependent on what floor you live on and as you rise so does it and it is 1.5 times the rent I was previously paying on the same floor where I had lived before, the rent is at it's highest. They say it is affordable as well. There are benefits however it is so warm as well that is likely that I will not have to put any heating on in winter, only on the odd cold days. Hot water is supplied by hot water heat exchanger which is heated by a gas building external to main building, the largest cost is the daily charge on the prepaid meter (going from 5.32 credit on Wednesday to 4.79 today), my landlord buys the gas in bulk and is my supplier, electric is only for lighting (nearly all LED), cooker and washer, so that should be lower. There is no water charge as that is included in the inflated weekly rent. Now it does not look so unappealing when you factor all that in the running costs are so low it means that it may actually be affordable when at first glance it is not. Did I get an answer to the question to my landlord about the water charges? No still waiting, United Futilities told me that, without me even asking. Was I told that there was emergency credit on my pre-paid gas meter? No. Was it at zero the day I moved in? No Was that information anywhere in the bright shiny information pack? No. For the 3 days it took to move I was unable to shower(as I was too busy with moving nor did I know where the paper work was to put credit on the meter, I found the emergency button on day 3 in the afternoon, I phoned the company that does the billing and was transferred to the automated phone line as the individual was obviously unable to do it for me, I tried to put the numbers on the card in got it wrong the first time tried again only to find the call cut off - resorted to on-line top up later in the evening when I had calmed down - I am afraid my psychic abilities failed me in those days. As when those lessons were on at school I played truant, my cooker was not connected until day 2 (the day I asked the question about emergency credit). Day 2 cooker connected (not before the electrician for some reason saw fit to look out of one of my windows. How do I know? The blind was pulled back, as well as leaving clippings from the cables on my worktop - all of which I find unacceptable - I gave the keys so he could access the property in trust not for him to play nosey parker)in which I resorted to boiling a large pan of water in order for me to shower like it was pre and post WWII wash-day, nice!!!! Our landlord then wonders why engagement with tenants is so low, well it has been that way in the 20 odd years that I have lived in Salford. The simple answer is you get fed up of talking to yourself and repeating yourself only to find you still get no answer. We all live in hope that the fire at Grenfell will lead to reform in fire safety and in social/private housing which lets face it is causing the over inflation along with a lack of housing being built in general since Scraggy Thatcher's bright idea to sell off council housing and to stop building social housing. But we all know that the reforms will have about as many teeth as the banking reforms, the same old small bunch of shysters will be the ones who make the profits and come out smelling of roses, whilst the tenants fiddle as Rome burns around them, literally.
 
Bullshit walks money talks wrote
at 06:12:28 on 17 June 2017
It's all a ticking box and covering arse exercise, they don't give a stuff
 
Angry Resident wrote
at 20:29:46 on 16 June 2017
How difficult is it for Pendleton Together to say if the cladding is the fire retardant version or not? Why are we being kept in the dark? (as if I couldn't guess)
 
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