Safety first at flats

HOUSING association Merlin has moved to reassure residents of flats in Staple Hill following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Ian Boulton, Labour councillor for the area, wrote  to Merlin following concerns from people living in flats in the area, including Berkeley House.

He said: "I have no doubt that Merlin properties are safe, however I am keen for residents to be reassured and to know the very best advice of what to do in the event of an emergency."

Fellow councillor Shirley Potts added: "Residents need reassurance."

A Merlin spokesman said it has taken steps to contact residents.“We carry out an annual fire risk assessment of all communal areas in our blocks of flats and sheltered schemes and deal with any issues following this. Annual fire certification for all our blocks is up-to-date, and blocks and schemes are also regularly inspected by our housing officers who check that hallways and stairwells are clear. In the aftermath of Grenfell, we had staff out making sure there was enough fire safety signage."