Former Liberal Democrat Mayoral and parliamentary candidate Dave Raval has commented following an announcement from Hackney Council that it will be launching an independent review of cladding in all Hackney social housing tower blocks and that it will hold fire safety risk assessments early to make sure residents' homes are safe.
"A week on from the horrific Grenfell Tower fire, the Mayor of Hackney and the council have yet to take any concrete action to reassure residents despite calls to do so.
"The announcement today is nothing new. Mayor Glanville tweeted at Meg Hillier MP last Wednesday to say checks would be carried out but we still have no specific details.
"Essentially announcing the same thing today looks like the council are dragging their heels and the lack of transparency will be concerning residents.
"It took days for the Mayor to tell us how many tower blocks had be retrofitted with sprinklers despite there only being two, both on the same estate.
"It is starting to look like the Mayor and the council are trying to avoid answering tough questions on fire safety.
"I have written to the Mayor asking for specific details of the fire risk assessments that will be carried out, to make public the risk assessments that led to only two tower blocks being retrofitted with sprinkler systems and to tell us whether similar cladding that was used on the Grenfell Tower has been used anywhere in Hackney. We have also asked that all this information be made public and communicated to residents.
"Other councils have already taken action on fire safety, including the Labour controlled Croydon council that announced it will be fitting sprinkler systems into all tower blocks in its borough.
"Mayor Glanville has now contacted the Hackney Liberal Democrats to say they will be responding to my letter and that Hackney Council will be releasing a statement on Friday, we hope it contains the specific actions that we called for."
"The Hackney Liberal Democrats will continue to hold the Mayor and Hackney Council to account on these issues. Residents need answers and actions."
Sources referred to:
Hackney Council announces independent review:
Dave Raval letter to Mayor:
Tweet from Mayor Granville to Meg Hillier MP saying checks "already happening"
Croydon council announces it will fit sprinkler systems:
Mayor Tweets at Hackney Lib Dems about statement on Friday: