Cladding removal: 'This is a national emergency'
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Cladding checks: 'This is a national emergency'

Cladding is being removed from three tower blocks in Plymouth, which were found to have the lowest possible fire safety rating.

Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport, told the World at One that until the cladding was fully removed "24/7 fire warden patrols" would be in place to reassure residents "so they can sleep safe at night".

Mr Pollard said that the cladding in question had been there for "nearly 15 years" but that regardless of time, it was important to look at cladding "right across our buildings...whether its on tower blocks or on office blocks".

He added that he wanted the government "to give reassurance to local councils and housing associations" that they would cover the costs incurred through the emergency work.

  • 23 Jun 2017
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