Tory government still refusing to pay for fitting sprinklers

Inside Croydon

Work has begun to install sprinklers in 1,250 council-managed flats in tower blocks in Croydon, but the Tory government continues to refuse to provide any financial assistance towards the £10million costs, despite the horrific tragedy at Grenfell Tower earlier this year.

Work has been completed on the retro-fitting of sprinklers in the first council flat. Only another 1,249 to go…

It is widely thought that the Grenfell Tower fire might have been avoided, or the terrible death toll of 70 people might have been reduced if recommendations of a coroner’s inquiry into a previous tower block fire had been implemented by various housing ministers, including the former Croydon MP, Gavin Barwell.

Six people died in a fire in Lakanal House in Camberwell in 2009.

The coroner’s report into that tragedy recommended tighter controls on fire safety, and the installlation of sprinkler systems in tower blocks. That report was published…

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