WORK on repairing the cladding around the nine high-rise tower blocks in Grays should start before the end of the summer holidays.
Cllr Andy Smith, cabinet member for housing, informed members of Thurrock Council’s cabinet about this at its meeting on Wednesday (8 June) evening.
In addition, Cllr Smith proposed and members agreed that leaseholders living in the flats would not be charged for the work.
A report to the committee explained: “In 2008 a routine inspection of the system identified cracked and loose panels. A risk assessment established that there was a significant risk that the panels could fall to the ground, especially in high winds.”
The cladding was first installed 14 years ago and was expected to last 20 years. However Cllr Smith explained it was impossible to sue the firms which installed in for a variety of reasons including “some of them have gone bust”.
He said it would be “unfair” to bill leaseholders for the work.