Milton Keynes set for new inspections following Grenfell Tower fire

    Milton Keynes Council have said all tower blocks in our city will have new inspections and Fire Safety Assessments to ensure that residents remain safe.

    In the wake of the Grenfell Tower Fire last week, Milton Keynes Council have said that fire safety is one of their main priorities.

    Cllr Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, has told MKFM that he has “made sure the Council is revisiting all its fire inspections and looking closely at its two tower blocks in Bletchley and Wolverton and at six storey Serpentine Court on the Lakes estate.”

    “I have also asking other owners of blocks of flats like Stephenson House and Ambassador House to check fire safety. I have also ensured properties on the Lakes estate with cladding are safe. I have further asked for a check on Unity House, in Luton, that we use as temporary accommodation. Fire safety is a priority.”

    The Council have also said they will be considering changes to the buildings such as changes to sprinkler systems and smoke detectors.

    Cllr Nigel Long, Cabinet Member for Housing, said “We will be holding in depth discussions with the residents of the two Tower blocks and other blocks of flats including Serpentine and the many 5 storey Reema blocks in West Bletchley. We will also be reviewing evacuation policy at our 26 sheltered housing schemes and at special dementia centres at Courtney’s Lodge, Kilkenny and Flowers houses.

    He added “We will work with residents, and their families. We will not make the same mistake as Kensington and Chelsea. We value all residents and their views.”   

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