Camden Council receives report from independent Chalcots review
The report from the first phase of the independent review into the evacuation of the Chalcots Estate last June is now available to download and read.
Chair Marian Harrington handed over the report to Leader of Camden Council, Councillor Georgia Gould on Monday (25 June 2018) and presented her headline conclusions to key contributors to the report including Chalcots residents, the Council and the London Fire Brigade.
Camden Council will respond in full to the report in public at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 25 July 2018.
“We are determined to learn from the evacuation of the Chalcots Estate, to ensure the best possible standard of resident safety, and so we’re well placed if an emergency response is needed in the future. We will consider the contents of this report and give our full response to it at the Council’s Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 25 July.
“Our number one priority was, and continues to be, the safety of our residents and I’m proud of how Camden staff and Camden residents reacted to the challenges faced since June last year.
“Residents returned to safer homes last summer, cladding has been fully removed and safety work continues. We have submitted a planning application to install solid aluminium panels in place of the cladding, which was the favoured option of residents. We now have an enhanced fire risk assessment process for all Camden homes, we were the first borough to appoint a Director of Resident Safety, we’re recruiting a bigger team to assess and carry out works and, where necessary, front doors are being replaced to provide a minimum of 30 minutes smoke and fire resistance.
“We’ve also put in place better engagement arrangements with our residents – whether that’s the resident-led fire safety panel, weekly works meetings or taking further control of maintenance services as contractual arrangements come to an end, as at the Chalcots Estate.
“I would like to thank Chalcots residents for their ongoing patience and involvement while we continue with works at the estate. By working together we are achieving a new standard of resident safety.”