Since the Cumberland Towers Fire Safety Risk Assessment was carried out in March 2017 there have been a number of updates to improve fire safety still further and to reassure tenants.
Although the construction of Cumberland Towers, and the proposed cladding, is completely different to Grenfell Tower, Ipswich Borough Council has:
In addition, a formal inspection of Cumberland Towers by Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service and the Building Control team has been carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. No concerns were raised with the Borough Council.
Four training exercises were carried at Cumberland Towers by Suffolk Fire & Rescue Service in July and August – part of regular training sessions held there.
How much has Ipswich Borough Council spent on Fire Risk Assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18 for tower blocks of six storeys or higher which have a residential use?
The Council owns one residential tower block, Cumberland Towers. The amounts spent on Fire Risk Assessments for Cumberland Towers are as follows:
Who has carried out the Council’s Fire Risk Assessments in each year from 2007/08 to 2017/18 for tower blocks of six storeys or higher which have a residential use?
What was the date of the last Fire Risk Assessment of Cumberland Towers?
An independent Fire Risk Assessment was carried out on Cumberland Towers in March 2017. Cumberland Towers was also inspected by the Fire Service and Building Control on 20 June 2017.
Has a copy of the last Fire Risk Assessment for Cumberland Towers been published?
Has the Council purchased any “Smoke Safety Masks” in the last five years? A ”Smoke Safety Mask” is a mask that is worn to prevent smoke inhalation and provide clean / filtered air to the wearer in the event of a fire escape or smoke hazard.
How many residential buildings does the Council have in its housing stock?
How many fire incidents occurred in the housing stock owned / controlled by the Council in the last 3 years?
What were the number of (a) injuries and (b) deaths as a result of the incidents reported
(a) No injuries;
(b) One death.
Please can you confirm the name, job title and email address for the following: a) Head of Health and Safety and the person responsible for ensuring health and safety compliance of the Council’s housing stock? b) Person responsible for ensuring fire safety compliance of building within ownership / control of the Council? c) Head of Housing d) Head of Facilities Management
The Council’s management structure is available here.
Information on how to contact the Council can be found here.