It is nearly three years since the Grenfell tower fire, and many buildings in the UK still contain non-fire resistant cladding and poor fire safety measures. I urge the Government to expedite the removal of this cladding, to expand the number of buildings which are eligible, and to properly fund fire safety measures such as fire safety inspections. There are a number of buildings in the Reading area which contain ACM cladding, and other non-fire resistant claddings.
Some residents of these buildings have been left in limbo; they are unable to sell their properties due to the cladding, and they are not eligible for the government’s cladding removal scheme. The burden of removing the cladding has not fallen on the developer of the building, it has fallen on the occupier. The Government needs to intervene in this situation.