Welsh towers get cash to replace Grenfell style cladding

Grant Prior 7 months ago
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The Welsh Government has agreed £3m in funding to enable Newport City Homes to replace cladding on three tower blocks in the city.

The three residential high-rise buildings are the only ones in the Welsh social housing sector confirmed as having Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) systems which failed combustibility tests in the wake of Grenfell.

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans said: “Since the terrible events at Grenfell Tower last year, we have worked closely with local authorities, building owners, managers, both the private and third sectors and others to gather a full and accurate picture of high-rise residential buildings in Wales, and to ensure that owners and agents are aware of Government safety guidance and taking necessary action.

“Newport City Homes acted quickly to safeguard residents, putting in place a number of fire safety measures, including fitting sprinklers.

“Now it’s our turn to support them with this investment, which will enable Newport City Homes to continue their commitment to resident safety, without compromising their vital plans to build more social housing in the city.”

Newport City Homes board chair Nicola Somerville said: “The Minister has listened to our concerns and those of Newport.

“This is an excellent example of partnership working and agile public services in action.

“This funding from Welsh Government means we can continue to focus our resources on delivering communities in which people want to live, keeping the residents at the heart of everything that we do.”

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