A full check of Tendring District Council’s higher rise buildings is being carried out to ensure tenant’s safety.
The move comes in the wake of the events at Grenfell Towers in West London.
The thorough audit is being undertaken working with Essex Fire and Rescue Service and will involve all those buildings managed by the Council.
The Fire Service is initially concentrating on blocks over ten storeys high and working their way through to those of four storeys.
TDC has three five storey blocks in Walton and a few others of four storeys.
Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, told today’s meeting of Cabinet it is important to reassure people that checks are being put in place as quickly as possible.
“We are confident that we already have a systematic inspection regime in place to ensure the safety of all residents living in both high and low rise council properties,” he said.
“It is my understanding that the Fire Service has already visited the five storey flats yesterday to familiarise themselves prior to robustly checking the risk assessment. I am waiting for an update on this from my officers and the Fire Service.”
Cllr Honeywood added that it is too early to speculate about how the fire at Grenfell Towers was able to spread so quickly with such tragic consequences.
“It has been suggested that the aluminium cladding system used at Grenfell Towers in some way contributed to its rapid spread,” he said.
“I would like to reassure Cabinet that we have no such cladding systems in place at any of our properties, all cladding being concrete based.
“An independent risk assessment was undertaken of all properties in 2009 and this will be revisited as a belt and braces approach so as to provide the level of reassurance that our residents would want and deserve.”
TDC also has a few blocks of less than four storeys which are currently not covered by fire alarm systems.
A programme is being put in place to ensure these blocks are reviewed as part of our overall review of the risk assessments.