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Decision on whether to fit sprinklers to be made after Grenfell inquiries, says council leader

09 February, 2018

Councillor Richard Watts

TOWN Hall leader Richard Watts has said a decision on whether to fit sprinklers in some tower blocks may not be made until after Grenfell Tower inquiries finish.

A draft fire safety report put before Islington Council’s housing scrutiny com­mittee has recommended that the council reviews the feasibility of installing sprinklers, which could cost between £43m and £97m if added to towers over 10 storeys.

An independent inquiry into the fire is due to publish an interim report this year, but there is no timescale yet on how long the full probe could take.

Another independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is being led by Dame Judith Hackitt and a final report is due to be submitted this Spring.

Councillor Watts told a public meeting on Monday: “What we don’t want to do is spend an awful lot of taxpayers’, rent-payers’ and leaseholders’ money on what would probably be a multi-hundreds of thousands of pounds system, if then the Grenfell report comes back six months later and says that’s the wrong thing to do.”


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