Essex County Council says it’s making progress on recommendations by an independent panel set up to look at fire safety at properties in the area following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Advice was given about cladding and general fire safety standards across buildings owned by the authority and third parties.
Suggestions included the county’s fire service getting involved at an early stage in building design in all construction projects worth more than two million pounds.
Key recommendations for the Council to act on included:
- The Council should take urgent action to ensure appropriate steps are taken to address fire safety issues in third-party owned high-rise residential care homes fitted with potentially hazardous cladding where ECC places residents
- The Council should introduce ‘sample auditing’ to check the suitability of fire risk assessments in third-party operated care homes where it has residents
- Guidance should be issued to all Council-maintained schools and third-party run residential care homes to make sure the implications of potentially hazardous cladding are assessed, managed and shared with other schools
- Clear arrangements should be out in place for ad hoc specialist advice on complex fire safety issues
- Essex County Fire and Rescue Service should be involved at an early stage in building design in all construction projects worth over £2m
- Property protection and business continuity risk assessments should be an integral part of all future design briefs for new buildings