Council names Nottingham tower block owners who ‘failed to reply’ to Grenfell letters

Loxley Court, St James's Street. (Photo: Google)

Nottingham City Council has named a private tower blocks where it says owners have failed to reply to safety check letters following the Grenfell Tower disaster in London.

The authority has written to 500 owners of private high-rise blocks in the city requesting them to look at building and safety standards following the June blaze.

Most owners have responded, but the city council says the owners of Loxley Court, on St James’s Street, have failed to reply despite a number of reminders being sent.

The owners are being urged to provide an update on their building and safety standards.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has been asked to conduct its own fire safety audit on the buildings.

City council Leader, councillor Jon Collins, said: “Although most have responded positively to our request providing some reassurance that they have considered safety standards, it’s clearly a concern that the owners of Loxley Court are yet to get in touch.

“We urge them to do so quickly and have already taken steps to have the buildings fire safety audited by NFRS.

“Details of all the private high rise owners who have been contacted and the responses we have received so far have been published on the council’s website. We are also sharing all the info we receive with the fire service and where there is no reply we are asking them to visit the building to carry out appropriate inspections using a risk-based approach.”

Notts TV has contacted the owner of the building for a response.

It was announced last week two independent student flats elsewhere in Nottingham failed cladding safety tests.

The council is requesting the same information from private high rise owners which the Government has demanded from local authorities.

Nottingham City Council owns 13 tower blocks managed on its behalf by Nottingham City Homes.

An independent review by the council into the safety of all of them revealed that none of them are clad in the same material that was used on Grenfell Tower, and that fire safety arrangements are robust.

But to provide extra protection and reassurance for residents, the council said it will install sprinklers and improve intercom systems at its 13 tower blocks.

It is now looking to private high rise owners to carry out the same audit and consider whether they should take any action.

Last month Nottingham Trent University students were moved out of three blocks of flats at the campus’s Byron House development, on Hampden Street, while tests are carried out on cladding installed on all three.

Although around 70 people have been confirmed dead or missing presumed dead since the June 13 London fire, the full death toll is not expected to be known for months.

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