Future of 'unsafe' Leamington tower block still to be decided - The Leamington Observer

Future of 'unsafe' Leamington tower block still to be decided

NO DECISION has yet been made on the future of an “unsafe” tower block in Leamington.

All of the residents living in Christine Ledger Square were told to move out days before Christmas.

Warwick District Council moved quickly to re-home residents after a fire service investigation found it fell “well below” acceptable safety standards and was too dangerous for residents to remain living there.

WDC told The Observer this week that no decision had been made on the future of the ten story block and that the authority was continuing to work to support the residents who had been forced to move.

There are 54 flats in the block, off Brunswick Street, 40 of which were occupied at the time residents were offered alternative accommodation.

Following the 2017 Grenfell tragedy, which claimed the lives of up to 80 people, Warwick District Council carried out an extensive review of its blocks – which include Eden Court, Ashton Court and Southern Court in Lillington; Christine Ledger Square and Radcliffe Gardens off Brunswick Street in south Leamington; Westbrook House and Stamford Gardens near the town centre, and blocks on Binswood Street and Clarendon Square.

None of the nine blocks, which vary from six to 15 storeys, were found to have had the same cladding thought to have led to Grenfell blaze spreading so quickly.

After the review, WDC agreed to proposals which saw £2.5million spent on stamping out fire risks at the nine blocks, which included new front doors for around 400 flats and upgrades to fire alarms.

The council was also quick to send out letters highlighting fire safety arrangements the council had in place – including weekly alarm testing, daily fire hazard checks, ensuring all flats had working smoke detectors fitted, and monthly emergency lighting testing. Sprinkler systems were also installed in bin areas.


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