Council spent £2m per block on fire safety measures in 2012

Inside Croydon

One of the council-owned residential towers, using a different cladding to that used at Grenfell

In the absence of any definitive statements from Croydon Council’s leadership to reassure residents regarding building materials and techniques used on the borough’s residential towers following this week’s horrifying fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, a senior official with direct experience of the cladding work has come forward and provided more detail.

Reports today suggest that the cladding used at Grenfell Tower, in work completed last year, has been banned in the United States as unsafe. The cladding panels used on that block were each £2 cheaper than other panels with fire-retardant properties. By using the cheaper panels the block’s management company saved around £5,000.

There are fears that the death toll in Grenfell Tower could be more than 50 people.

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