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Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Grenfell response: Number of tower blocks failing fire tests rises to 60

Grenfell response: Number of tower blocks failing fire tests rises to 60

The tally of high-rise buildings that have failed fire safety tests in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy rose steeply last night to 60 in 25 local authority areas in England. But we should not be in a position where buildings have such cladding on them.

Of the 14 areas so far named as having buildings with hazardous cladding, Camden in north London and Sunderland have the highest number with five towers each.

Jo Miller, chief executive at Doncaster Council, said: "Although we have not been advised that this decorative capping detail should be removed, we have chose to remove it as a precautionary measure to reflect that the health and safety of residents is our main priority".

Sixty high-rise buildings have failed tests to gauge whether their cladding materials are combustible, and there have been complaints in the media that checks have moved too slowly. "It's hard to trust anyone now, because if they come and tell me something, we won't know".

Fire-fighters rushed to a council block in Hampstead on Sunday night after a fire broke out on the second floor.

Details were released by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) less than 24 hours after Camden Council in London decided on the immediate evacuation of hundreds of residents from four of its tower blocks on the Chalcots Estate in north London, Efe news reported.

Some 4,000 residents of the Chalcots Estate in Camden, north London, were told to vacate their apartments on Friday after the Fire Brigade ruled that their blocks were unsafe.

The Government has promised that testing will be carried out as quickly as possible.

Police officers arrive at Dorney Tower residential block on the Chalcots Estate in north London
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On Sunday, Ms Gould said: "This morning council staff will conduct further door knocking to ask those who remain to leave, and issue another letter reiterating to residents who are still remaining in the Taplow, Bray, Dorney and Burnham blocks, that they must leave".

The political fallout has been vast, with criticisms levelled at everyone from the company that manufactured the cladding used, to the council that managed the tower block, right up to the country's prime minister.

To make sure everyone comes forward, London Mayor Sadiq Khan pledged to seek an amnesty for people who may have been living in the public housing block illegally.

He later assured the BBC that the Government was "literally working around the clock" to test samples that were being sent in from across the country.

"They say they are going to find us a place to stay, they say for two to four weeks, but you never believe the council". To encourage cooperation with authorities, May said the government won't penalize any Grenfell fire survivors who were in the country illegally.

"I would also urge everyone to fit smoke alarms in their homes and test them regularly", he added.

For Camden council officials, it will be a tricky few days ahead, trying to gently coax unwilling residents like Raj Want to leave their homes and desperately hoping they do not have to resort to tougher measures.

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