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STILL NO SIGN OF SALFORD TOWER BLOCK CLADDING SAFETY REPORT
 

Star date: 22nd November 2018

WHEN IS A REPORT NOT A REPORT? WHEN IT'S A SERIES OF SURVEYS WITH A CONCLUSION!

The saga into the release of a safety report on the nine Pendleton Together (PTOL) blocks that were covered in dangerous Grenfell Tower style cladding continued at the full meeting of Salford City Council yesterday. PTOL has denied the existence of a 'report' and thus won't release it to the Salford Star.

In answer to a question by Councillor Paul Wilson, the Deputy Mayor, John Merry, also denied that it was a report, just "a series of surveys that PTOL compiled in terms of the state of the various blocks". He then went on to call it a 'report' three times.

Full details here...


Councillor Paul Wilson Deputy Mayor John Merry
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Earlier this month, the Salford Star wrote to Pendleton Together Operating Limited (PTOL) asking for the release of a report by Trident Consultants into safety on the nine Pendleton blocks that have loads of safety issues and were covered in Grenfell Tower style cladding.

Salford City Council owns the blocks and PTOL manage them. After constantly dodging demands for the report, the Council recently stated that it was commissioned by PTOL and therefore its release was up to that company...although both the City Mayor, Paul Dennett, and Deputy Mayor, John Merry, told residents and the Salford Star that, while details were to be used in litigation cases, they had no problem with its conclusions being released.

...However, in response to the Salford Star asking for the report, a PTOL spokesperson replied "There is no Trident report. Trident are advising on a number of building issues, but are not producing a report."

At yesterdays' full meeting of Salford Council, Councillor Paul Wilson, again brought up the issue... "Clearly residents in tower blocks are extremely concerned...I understand that you don't want to share the report with the wider public, however I think the residents do want to know the conclusions of that report and there is certainly a lot of confusion out there" he said "How are we going to get the conclusions of that report to the residents of the tower blocks?"

In response, Deputy Mayor, John Merry, said: "There isn't a single 'report' and it's not our report... "It is a report...(pause)...a series of surveys that PTOL compiled in terms of the state of the various blocks, and some of that will be used, I'm sure, potentially in future litigation.

"I don't think it would be sensible for them to release details, until they have to, of information that is going to be required to continue in terms of litigation" he added "What they have offered to do, and I think that's been communicated adequately in the press and elsewhere, is to share the conclusions of that report with individuals who want to contact them, and I think that's a perfectly fair response."

Except that this is garbage because PTOL has not released it to anyone...

"It is not a magic bullet that is going to tell people things, I don't think, that is not already obvious to the residents, that there have been issues" Councillor Merry added "It's not going to identify any particular new issues as far as I'm concerned. It is going to identify issues around what needs to be done to tackle it, and I think those conclusions should be shared with them. But I don't think we can recommend sharing the full report to them..."

...Especially when it's not a 'report'!

At present, this appears to be a clear case of both the Council and PTOL playing semantics to avoid releasing the Trident report, and letting residents know exactly what the safety issues are in their flats and blocks. As the Deputy Mayor states, the report will be used only "potentially in future litigation". In the meantime, they surely have a right to know just how bad the safety issues are in their blocks...

When is a report not a report? When it's a series of surveys with a conclusion!


For a full background see previous Salford Star articles...

Trident Report Not Released - click here

Where Is The Trident Safety Report? - click here

Pendleton Together Tenants Tell of Safety Issues - click here

Job wrote
at 19:33:10 on 07 December 2018
There's a possibility of hidden facts concerning the cladding its self. Could it be a fact that the material used at the bottom of the building has been used throughout making it more hazardous than first thought.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 09:15:40 on 26 November 2018
I give up with our Ray. All he has to do is get Dennett, Merry or Miss Becky to say that this cladding complied with regulations when it was put up. If one of them, just one does this, I will shut up for three months. Thats my promise, just think, no more of me for three months. They will not do this because they know the truth, like I do.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 05:11:13 on 25 November 2018
Bob the regular, which "Building Regulations", current or those in place when the cladding was put up? Can you àlso explain the logic that says that because Kensington and Chelsea are guilty,Salford is also guilty?
 
Dave wrote
at 19:07:32 on 23 November 2018
It is not up to me to tell the Stars team how to do their job. But. We all know that the council and Pendleton Together do not speak to the Star, but has the Star tried to speak to keepmoat? Can they tell us why they are not liable, did they just put on the stuff that the council and Pendleton told them to put on?
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 17:21:06 on 23 November 2018
Plenty of good news for Ray today. In that wonderful labour loving Tory bashing rag the Daily Mirror (The girlfriend buys it ,not me) the report on the Grenfell enquiry an expert witness states that the cladding and insulation used by the wicked penny pinching Tory Kensington council was not up to building regulations standards, a point I have often stated I agree with. How can Ray still maintain that the stuff our caring safety minded labour council put in did comply, if it is the same stuff? How long has councilor Merry been wearing the housing briefs? I thought the lead member for housing was Tracy Kelly. Anyway whatever briefs merry might be wearing, I for one do not want him sacked. I want both him and Dennett both where they are when the shit hits the fan. Merry knows for sure what's in that report, that is why he only wants us to see the bits he thinks we should see. If I am wrong about all this, I won't show my arse on the town hall steps, I will do it in the council chamber.
 
John wrote
at 12:10:53 on 23 November 2018
And meanwhile, the residents still live in a state of flux. There must now be some sort of compensation scheme for those affected.
 
Dave wrote
at 07:40:00 on 23 November 2018
Look, these buildings are owned by the council and there is £25million worth of wrong done to them apart from the human cost. Who is to blame ? Apart from the Torys. Merry says he doesn't mind us seeing the conclusions, what about the rest? The council are hiding something. Merry looks worried. Is the shit about to hit the Fan? I hope so.
 
Rayofsunshine wrote
at 07:39:50 on 23 November 2018
Yet again,Bob the regular is making allegations he can't substantiate - surely Keepmoat knew whether or not its work complied with the law? No one heĺd a gun at Keepmoat's head. Mayor Dennett needs to get a grip and publish The Trident Report ! In addition the Housing Brief should be removed from Cllr.Merry, as it is now clear he lacks public creditability and confidence.
 
Bob the regular wrote
at 16:53:59 on 22 November 2018
Litigation cases. we only know of one PT versus Keepmoat. Merry let that slip with the plural instead of the singular. Who is involved in the other cases. Are Salford council going to be involved? You can bet your arse they are. When PT sue keepmoat, Keepmoats defence will be Salford council knew of the dangers and told them to put the cheap shit in, so Salford council will be dragged in like it or not, and Merry knows this, he is not that daft. Judicial revue, that will flush it out.
 
wrote
at 16:53:52 on 22 November 2018
"There is no Trident report. Trident are advising on a number of building issues, but are not producing a report." "There is no Trident report. Trident are advising on a number of BURNING issues, but are not producing a report." Fify
 
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