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NO TIMETABLE FOR THE REMOVAL OF CLADDING ON NINE SALFORD TOWER BLOCKS
 

Star date: 25th June 2017

IT COULD BE MONTHS BEFORE CLADDING REMOVED IN SALFORD

"There will be no waiting around in Salford whilst there are any questions about the safety of our residents..."

On Friday, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett announced that cladding on nine Pendleton Together tower blocks was to be removed... "We take the safety of our residents very seriously and are taking immediate steps" he declared.

Yesterday, residents were told by Pendleton Together that the cladding will not be removed until replacement material is ready to go up – which could take months. And new fire safety advice has been issued, to leave not stay in the event of a fire.

Full details here... Update: 12noon: Cladding is now being removed 'immediately'


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On Friday, Salford was at the centre of national media attention as City Mayor, Paul Dennett, specifically called a press conference to announce that ACM polyurethane cladding on nine Pendleton Together tower blocks, including Spruce Court, Thorn Court and Whitebeam Court, would be removed...

"Government tests are underway, but it is already clear that the aluminium composite cladding on our blocks must be removed and we are pressing ahead with our plans" he said "We take the safety of our residents very seriously and are taking immediate steps.

"The decision to remove the cladding on the council's nine tower blocks is the right and moral thing to do" the Mayor added "There will be no waiting around in Salford whilst there are any questions about the safety of our residents."

Yesterday, residents in the blocks were told by staff from Pendleton Together that the cladding is staying on until replacement material is ready. Staff could give residents no timetable on this but the feeling is that it could take months...

"They are saying it's because they don't want to disturb people" a resident told the Salford Star "But I think that since the Mayor made his announcement someone has sat down with the back of a fag packet and gone through the finances of putting scaffolding up and bringing in a company to remove the stuff, then repeating the process to put the new stuff in.

"Yet this is people's safety we're talking about" he added "It's either safe or it isn't safe. If it isn't safe then, like the Mayor said, 'immediate steps' should be taken. It looks like money is dictating this."

Meanwhile, Pendleton Together issued new fire safety advice to tenants yesterday, telling them  in the event of a fire to "leave the building immediately if they are able to do so". The previous policy was to 'stay put' as the flats were compartmentalised to contain fire.

UPDATE: 12noon...

Pendleton Together is now putting leaflets through people's doors stating that cladding is being removed on Thorn Court from today (see photo)

Update: 2pm - Salix Homes to Strip Cladding from its tower blocks - click here


See also previous related Salford Star articles...

Residents Kept in Dark Over Tower Block Danger – click here

Cladding Removed From Nine Pendleton Together Tower Blocks – click here

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

Pendleton Together States It Will Learn Lessons from Fire Safety Inquiry – click here

Dawn lewis wrote
at 14:22:40 on 14 June 2018
What a crock ...... I had an hours phone call with Gareth Wilkinson last Thursday after we got the update leaflet through our doors at thorn. I rang them straight away as again the lies that were put on paper disgraceful. When I mentioned to Gareth that it’s appauling that you are starting with lower raised flats first instead of the 2 22floor towers, his answer was well we have to get road closure, and scaffolding. YOU HAVE HAD A YEAR TO DO THIS. WE HAVE FAMILIES, DISABLED, THE ELDERLY LIVING ON THE TOP FLOORS, IT WILL BE AT A YEAR TO 18 MONTHS BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENS, THEN THEY ARE JUST TAKING THE CLADDING OFF NOTHING ELSE....WE HAVE NO 24 HOUR SECURITY NOW, WHICH IS MUST HAVE....ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THIS DEADLY MATERIAL STILL ALL AROUND OUR HOMES. HOW DARE THEY ALL PUT OUR LIVES IN MORE DANGER.....THEY DONT GIVE A FECK....WELL GOD HELP THEM IF THERE IS A FIRE...AND DONT GET ME STARTED ON THE SO CALLED FIRE MARSHALLS.....RANT OVER
 
Kevin wrote
at 16:52:37 on 25 June 2017
I believe it is because the failed block is part of Salix, not Pendleton Together. At least that is what I have found, unless you have a link on the website which can confirm otherwise that I have missed?
 
carpediem wrote
at 14:02:53 on 25 June 2017
According to the BBC news website today, the Salford cladding has failed the fire safety test. Nobody at Pendleton Together has informed the tenants of this. Pendleton Together have said they will have the results on Tuesday next week. So how does the BBC know three days before?
 
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