Statement on behalf of Don Spittlehouse, Managing Director of A1 Housing, and David Armiger, Director of Regeneration and Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council.
“We would like to reassure residents that none of the properties that are managed by A1 Housing on behalf of Bassetlaw District Council have been fitted with the type of external cladding that was found on Grenfell Tower, and subsequently on many other Local Authority buildings that have failed fire safety tests ordered by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
“This investigation has focussed on blocks of flats that are six stories and above. However, within Bassetlaw there are no block of flats of six stories or more and only three five-story block of flats.
“A1 Housing and Bassetlaw District Council take Fire Safety and the safety of its residents extremely seriously, as such fire risk assessments are carried out on all blocks of flats on a regular basis.
“Over the last three years we have worked closely with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and an independent Fire Safety Consultant to ensure that all of our properties meet strict fire safety standards.
“As part of these measures we have retrofitted three of our Independent Living Centres with sprinkler systems, installed hard-wired smoke alarms in all flats and provided hard-wired smoke alarms or misting systems in properties where high-risk residents have been identified.
“In addition, fire doors in flats have been replaced and renewed, emergency lighting has been fitted in all blocks of flats, and internal communal areas are decorated with fire retardant paint.
“In conjunction with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, we have also checked our highest blocks to ensure that should a fire break out, it could be effectively managed by the fire service.
“We hope this information provides residents with peace of mind following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower. Should A1 Housing tenants have any further concerns, please speak with your Housing Officer or call our Contact Centre on 0800 590 542.”