'Unsafe' cladding being removed from Cardiff apartments

Prospect Place
Image caption Prospect Place was the first private development in Wales known to have not passed the tests

Cladding which failed fire safety tests is being removed from 12 buildings in Cardiff.

They are covered in an aluminium composite material (ACM) similar to that used on Grenfell Tower, where a fire led to the deaths of 72 people.

Estate agents have welcomed the news, saying uncertainty over the cladding had caused delays for people trying to sell their homes.

Among the buildings affected is Prospect Place in Cardiff Bay.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Bellway Homes has set aside £5.9 million to replace combustible cladding in Prospect Place, as well as another development in east London.

In a statement to Cardiff council, cabinet member for housing and communities Lynda Thorne said work on removing the cladding had begun some of the buildings.

She said officials had agreed additional fire protection measures with the owners of the buildings.

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