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Grenfell Horror: Lessons are still to be learned

December 1, 2017 11:29 AM
In Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017

Grenfell Horror: Lessons are still to be learned

DESPITE the horror of the Grenfell Tower fire, the Government has still not given Councils the power to require sprinklers in all newly built blocks of flats.

Peter Wexham - warned of need for sprinklers four years ago

Cllr Peter Wexham

Cllr Peter wexham (right) says "As long ago as 2013 I urged Southend Council to change the Building Regulations so as to insist on sprinklers. But Council officers explained that without new powers from the Government, changed Building Regs could not be enforced.

As a member of the Fire Authority I have seen what a huge difference having sprinklers can make. Why is the Government still dragging its feet on giving Councils these powers which will save lives?"

This story was originally published in our Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017
Leigh & West Leigh Focus Oct/Nov 2017