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Croydon to install sprinklers in tallest tower blocks after Grenfell tragedy

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Croydon Council has said it will install sprinkler systems in its 25 tallest tower blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire last week

Following a cabinet meeting last night [19 June], the south London council agreed to put sprinklers in its highest council blocks – the tallest of which are 12 storeys.

The local authority has also begun a fire safety review on its housing blocks, in response to the Grenfell tragedy. This covers all 16 council-owned blocks of more than six storeys that have cladding, and a further 23 blocks without cladding.

The council says it has already invested around £10 million in upgrading fire safety in its council-owned housing stock since the fire at Lakanal House in Southwark in 2009, which killed six people.

Councillor Alison Butler, deputy leader and cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said that last week’s tragedy showed ‘we all need to bolster fire safety measures for our residents’.

She added: ‘I will also be writing to the government, challenging them to give us more support in our plans to make our borough safer.

‘In the meantime, we will continue to work with London Fire Brigade to ensure our housing continues to meet fire safety standards, and we will respond to any recommendations that emerge from the Grenfell Tower investigation.’

At least 79 people are understood to have died in the Grenfell Fire tower, where a £8.6 million refurbishment by Studio E Architects was carried out in 2016. 

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