Following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in London, we understand that people will be concerned about the safety of their own homes.
The safety and wellbeing of our tenants is very important to us and we have pledged that lessons will be learnt from this incident.
The Council works very closely with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services to deal with fire safety issues to deliver improvements on fire safety and to ensure that we offer good advice. We believe that none of our high rise blocks across the City have been installed with a similar cladding system to the one installed at Grenfell Tower. Within Leeds we have a number of blocks where cladding has been installed over many years and are confident that these meet Fire Safety Regulations and also followed the standards of construction as specified in Building Regulations.
We also believe that in all our blocks we have used fire retardant materials, and we are working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services, and a specialist contractor, to provide the required re-assurance. Across the City we inspect all our high rise blocks daily to ensure that any fire hazards are removed as a matter of urgency. As part of this process we also conduct a full Fire Risk Assessment on an annual basis which will identify any fire safety improvement work and this has resulted in over £12m of additional investment being spent on our high rise stock over the last 3 years.
We will be working with local community groups to understand how we can provide further re-assurance to residents in individual blocks across the City and how best to keep residents up to date with developments.
Senior Officers from Housing Leeds have been visiting multi-storey blocks across the city, listening to residents’ concerns following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London. As well as listening, we wanted to reassure you that your safety in the homes you rent from the council is extremely important to us. We met lots of people at the sessions and discussed a wide range of things relating to fire safety. There were also local issues raised about some individual blocks which we will work on with residents in those blocks.
The main issues raised, what is happening about them and frequently asked questions
are available to read (PDF 0.2MB).
Information about fire safety is available in our
Fire safety leaflet (PDF 0.4MB).
If you require any additional information, or wish to discuss your concerns in more detail, please contact
your local housing office or email
Below we have provided some further important information about fire safety in high rise blocks.