At their last meeting on June 22, members of the committee decided to timetable a dedicated session when the issue could be looked at in depth in light of the Grenfell Tower fire. This will take place in Committee Room 1 in Marmion House on Tuesday, August 8.
Residents of Tamworth’s high-rise flats have all been reassured in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy that fire inspections are up to date and the approach to fire safety complies with relevant regulations and fire service advice.
Tamworth Borough Council had already committed to fitting sprinklers throughout the high-rise buildings as part of a planned refurbishment programme and consultations about this work are due to take place over the summer, with installation work to hopefully begin later this year.
Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Andrew James, said: “We are confident that proper fire safety procedures and policies are in place and up to date, but the purpose of scrutiny is to research, support and review commitments to high-rise safety so we all work together to ensure this remains a priority going forward.
Cllr James continued, “We wouldn’t be doing our job properly if we didn’t take a closer look at this in light of the Grenfell Tower incident.”
Although members of the public are not able to take part in the discussions at this particular meeting, they are welcome to attend and listen to what is being said.
If residents have any specific questions or concerns, they are invited to contact the Housing Team on 01827 709491.