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Tower block owners refuse to pay to remove fire-risk cladding

Inside Croydon

Residents in one of Croydon town centre’s newer blocks of “luxury apartments” are reported to be “terrified” of the risks of a fire, similar to that which happened at Grenfell Tower, as the owners have handed them a £2million bill to remove the deadly flammable panels that encase the building.

Cityscape, on Frith Road: the cladding is similar to that used at Grenfell Tower

The Guardian last night reported that Citiscape, on Frith Road, close to the Centrale shopping centre, is blighted with the same cladding that is widely regarded as having contributed to the high death toll in the Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington last summer, when 71 people died. Hundreds more lost their homes and possessions, and many still await re-housing.

Grenfell Tower was a council-managed residential block. Citiscape is a privately run set of 93 apartments, where two-bed flats until recently sold for £350,000.

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