Thurrock Council to undertake more cladding tests on tower blocks

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IN an extra precautionary measure, Thurrock Council began undertaking external cladding surveys this week as part of its enhanced fire safety checks.

The works, which began on Monday 14 August, involves specialist teams completing ground level visual assessments followed by a detailed review of the cladding system at specific points.

The detailed review phase will mean operatives will be seen abseiling down the sides of the tower blocks.

Residents living in high rises will not need to vacate their property, but will need to close windows when the work is taking place.

Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Rob Gledhill said: “I’m pleased Thurrock Council is – rightly – taking all precautionary measures when it comes to resident’s safety.

“There is no need to worry – we are not aware of any risk, and all the information we have submitted to Government has put us at the bottom of the risk list.

“However, if we can triple check and give added reassurance to residents, then we should and we will. As soon as the results are known, we will share them with residents.”

Notices have been displayed in the communal area on the group floor of each of the high rise blocks affected.

The surveying process is weather dependent and is planned to take place between 14 August and 1 September. Each block takes around two days to complete.

If you have any further questions in relation to this work, please e-mail houseinvestrepairsperformance@thurrock.gov.uk or for other tenant information, visit thurrock.gov.uk/tenants

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