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Borough commits to installing sprinklers in tallest blocks

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A London borough is to install sprinklers in 25 council blocks following the Grenfell Tower fire.

The decision taken at a meeting of Croydon LBC’s cabinet last night follows a review over the weekend of the borough’s housing blocks.

Croydon has 16 council housing blocks above six storeys which have cladding. The council has another 23 without cladding.

Independent checks have already confirmed the materials used in four of the council’s blocks with cladding are fire retardant. The council is expected to conclude its review by the weekend but it has already decided to install sprinklers in buildings with 10 or more storeys.

All affected residents have been contacted and they will receive regular updates throughout the review, the council said.

Deputy leader Alison Butler said: “This council is committed to installing fire sprinklers in 25 council blocks with 10 storeys or taller because last week’s tragedy showed we all need to bolster fire safety measures for our residents. I will also be writing to the government challenging them to give us more support in our plans to make our borough safer.”

Croydon LBC has invested about £10m in upgrading fire safety in its council stock since 2009, and the council has also installed sprinklers in six special sheltered accommodation blocks for the elderly.

LGC reported yesterday how the government had given councils 24 hours to identify if a particular type of cladding has been used in the construction or refurbishment of any of their housing stock.

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