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Adur & Worthing Councils give Tenants and Householders Fire Safety Assurance

Released: Friday, 16 June 2017

Council house tenants in Adur and householders across both councils were today issued fire safety advice and assured staff were remaining vigilant over risk.

Adur Homes owned by the district council has 2,576 properties of which 925 are flats. It has two six storey blocks.

This number represents three per cent of the total number of households in Adur and Worthing but the Councils also have a licensing and inspection responsibility on some private housing.

The Councils have today published a fire safety question and answer guide on its website for council tenants and private householders and tenants (see link at the end of this press release).

Today Cllr Carson Albury, Adur Executive Member for Customer Services, said:

“Our thoughts are with the victims of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower and their families.”

“I want to assure residents of Adur Homes that we have always and will continue to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of our properties.”

“We leave no stone unturned in upholding the highest safety standards.”

The two six storey blocks have recently had a programme of works that includes replacement of fire doors and upgrades to emergency lighting.

None of the blocks have bespoke cladding. Adur Homes officers carry out routine estate inspections with a zero tolerance policy of items left in communal ways.

Fire Risk Assessments have been completed on all Adur Homes properties.

In addition all sheltered housing has a scheduled inspection regime which includes weekly checks on fire alarms and exits.

Meanwhile Adur & Worthing Councils' Private Sector Housing team work to ensure that private landlords and freeholders meet their legal requirements in respect of fire safety within dwellings.

This will include common areas in blocks of flats and converted buildings.

During 2016/17, the Private Sector Housing team responded to over 400 complaints about living conditions, carried out 128 formal assessments and served 129 enforcement notices under the Housing Act 2004.

The vast majority of the Notices served required improvements to be made to fire safety within the property or the common areas.

Worthing Borough Council's executive member for customer service, Cllr Heather Mercer, said:

“I extend our heartfelt sympathies to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and their families.”

“Here in Worthing we work throughout the year to ensure people living in private accommodation are protected from risk and will not hesitate to take action if landlords do not meet their obligations.”

(PR17-072)

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