Portsmouth Tower blocks cladding removal date

Hazardous cladding will be completely removed by February next year

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Residents Frustration at delay.

Work to remove the dangerous cladding was started in June and the council say that the work will be completed by February 2018.

The cladding on Horatia House and Leamington House is an aluminium composite which was identified as a factor in the Grenfell Tower tragedy;

Aluminium cladding is believed to have contributed to the spread of the blaze at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, west London, on 14 June, which killed up to 80 people.

The 600 residents at the tower blocks are currently protected by 24-hour fire marshals.

Council leader Donna Jones previously said the tower’s inhabitants were “extremely safe”.

Work to remove and replace cladding from the 18-storey blocks, is expected to cost £10.9m.

Urgent consideration for funding

The council said it wrote to Communities Secretary Sajid Javid in August to request “urgent consideration” for funding.

It said it sent further information to the Department for Communities and Local Government last month.

Discussions between the two were “ongoing”, it added.

The council’s cabinet will discuss the the issue at a meeting on 10 October.

 

Originally posted 2017-10-05 10:45:18.