Trafford Housing Trust

Fire safety company statement July 2017

26 July 2017

Like every other housing association across the UK, Trafford Housing Trust has been shocked and saddened by the tragic events at Grenfell Tower. This terrible event has been a watershed moment for the entire fire safety industry. 

Since that date, all our efforts have been focused on checking and re-checking the safety of our tower blocks, making sure that every customer in every home is safe. At each step we have informed our customers of the actions we are taking to make sure their homes and buildings are safe, and have worked hard to give peace of mind during a time when some customers are understandably feeling concerned.

All of our 2016 Fire Risk Assessments (FRA) classed our blocks as ‘moderate risk’ – the middle rating in a five-point scale - very common for any high rise building. However, since these assessments every essential recommendation has been completed on all eight tower blocks. In addition, we have also had several inspections from Greater Manchester Fire Service and continue to work with them. We have now also completed our level three FRAs and these will in turn inform our level four FRA assessments - the highest level that currently exists.

With regards to cladding, Trafford Housing Trust’s cladding, like everyone else’s, failed the initial safety tests. The latest advice from Government is not to remove the cladding at this point whilst they conduct more tests and reach agreement on how to make the cladding safe or what to replace it with.

The Fire Service have assessed our cladding as a lower risk because it only covers 15% of five of our eight towers. Nevertheless, we have put in place the 24 hour waking watch and managed evacuation procedure which the Fire Service are happy with. We continue to work with Government and the Fire Service and await their guidance on cladding. As soon as we have that expert guidance we will act on it and inform customers.

In the meantime, we continue to reassure customers and provide them with information and advice. To date we have personally visited 600 homes across our tower blocks carrying out smoke detector tests and talking to customers about what they can do to keep safe. We also have an FAQ section on our website, information through social media and noticeboards and have organised drop in sessions for all tower blocks where customers can speak to senior managers on a one to one basis. A customer survey is now being conducted so we can gauge how customers are feeling and address any areas where we can further improve.

We are also setting up a High Rise Residents Group that will consider all aspects of high rise living including safety, management arrangements and matters such as lettings and improvement works. This new group will ensure that the voice of people living in tower blocks continues to be heard and acted upon by the Trust.

 

 

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