Grenfell Tower: ‘Management’ required on fire security in Wales


More “definitive management” needs to be revealed over fire security in the wake of the Grenfell Tower catastrophe, a Plaid Cymru AM has stated.

The Welsh Government has informed social property managers to check tower block cladding.

But South West Wales AM Bethan Jenkins stated there had been irregular declarations and ministers had to be clear fast action was needed.

A Welsh Government spokesperson stated it was a “quick moving” circumstance and Ms Jenkins’ remarks were “deceptive”.

On the other hand, Newport City Homes – a real estate association that owns Newport’s previous council real estate stock – has become the 6th council or real estate association to verify it is evaluating cladding.

All 7 Welsh health boards are checking their residential or commercial properties.
Ministers stated social property owners ought to check if they have a tower block cladding called aluminium composite product (ACM), which resembles that used at Grenfell Tower – Reynobond PE.
Neighborhoods secretary Carl Sargeant formerly stated 2 locations had this type but chose not to call them, stating renters ought to be “provided details before the media”.

The Welsh Government stated recently it was prompting social proprietors to perform tests before the position was strengthened in a declaration stating they were being informed to do it.

But Mr Sargeant stated on Wednesday he did not have the power to oblige social property managers to perform screening.

Ms Jenkins stated: “So far, the main point that we’ve seen from the federal government is simply how uncertain the reaction has been.

“The Welsh Government has to be clear and provide declarative assistance on exactly what to do for each local authority.”

She stated it had to reveal management and “fast and definitive action” to keep people safe.
A Welsh Government spokesperson stated: “Bethan Jenkins’ remarks are deceptive and unhelpful.
“This is a quick moving and complex scenario and the position is altering regularly as property owners are continuing to examine their stock and choose exactly what next actions to take.”

Mr Sargeant included: “Social proprietors throughout Wales have examined cladding used on their high increase blocks and have ensured us that none use the kind of cladding discovered in Grenfell Tower, i.e Reynobond PE.”
Nevertheless, he advised those with ACM panels to check them instantly and “engage with and assure” renters.

Newport City Homes stated it was communicating with Building Research Establishment – which is performing cladding tests – to evaluate samples to supply “additional guarantees”.

A spokesperson stated the property manager was “certified with the pertinent extra precaution proposed”.

She included: “Neither our professional or maker have used the terms of ACM”, and samples were being sent out for screening as a preventative measure.

There are 35 towers 7 floors high or greater in Wales – which Newport City Homes has 3.
Swansea, Anglesey council and 3 other real estate associations have likewise stated they are checking, with Anglesey and the real estate associations verifying they have not used ACM.