Tower residents have three-month wait for sprinkler action

Inside Croydon

Croydon Council last night announced that it is to fit sprinklers in all of its residential tower blocks which are 10 or more storeys tall, in a scheme expected to cost £10million.

One of the council-owned residential towers

It makes Croydon the first local authority in the country to respond to the dreadful fire last week at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.

The move, announced by the Labour-run council’s deputy leader Alison Butler, was immediately praised by John Healy MP, Labour’s shadow spokesman on housing at Westminster, and was publicly supported by the opposition Conservative group at Croydon Town Hall, in a rare outbreak of commonsense in the interests of the borough’s residents.

But the hundreds of residents living in 25 tall blocks in Croydon will have to wait for three months before the slowly grinding wheels of formal council process will give a green-light for the essential safety work…

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