I think we are all still processing the appalling news of the horrific fire at Grenfell House in London and the terrible loss of life – the extent of which is still becoming clear. My thoughts are with everyone affected and their families. The public inquiry into what has gone wrong promised by the UK Government must be thorough and wide-ranging.
Upon hearing the news, I immediately contacted the City of Edinburgh Council to seek assurances about the fire safety of residents of multi-storey tower blocks in Edinburgh East and across the city more generally. The Council has responded with the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by this morning’s tragic incident in London and our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected. Understandably the events in London this morning have caused concern and some distress and our local housing teams have been on hand today to provide reassurance and advice to tenants living in city tower blocks.
“Regular inspections are carried out by the Fire Service and housing concierge teams and the Council’s health and safety team regularly audits multi-storey services.
“However, as a further precaution, we will be carrying out a review of fire safety and evacuation procedures in all of our housing blocks.
“Of course it may be some time before investigations into the cause of the London fire pinpoint exactly what happened. The Council will work closely with the Fire Service to ensure that the results of those investigations are included in our review of safety in city tower blocks.”
If you have specific concerns or questions about the block you live in, please contact your local housing team.
For residents of Greendykes House, Wauchope House, Coillesdene House, Portobello Court, Nisbet Court, Hawkhill Court, Restalrig House, Lochend House, contact housing team leaders Scott Lyall and Jenifer Lavery on 0131 529 3111 or concierge block manager Mark McHale on 0131 661 4566
For residents of Holyrood Court and Viewcraig Court, contact housing team leader Valerie McCann on 0131 529 5151 or concierge block manager Keith Speirs on 0131 666 2746.