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Web facts show how Swansea tower block tenants are kept safe

A new web page presents dozens of key facts about residential tower blocks owned by Swansea Council.

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It has been published by the council in response to ongoing public interest in London's Grenfell Tower fire.

Cllr Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Housing, Energy and Building Services, said: "Our first priority has always been to ensure tenant safety. Swansea Council's 11 high-rise blocks are safe and our tenants continue to live safely in their homes.

"A forthcoming phased installation of sprinkler systems will offer further reassurance. We want to be open with important information about our blocks so it's right that we now have this web page accessible by all who go online.

"The Grenfell Tower tragedy prompted a number of Freedom of Information requests to us and other councils. Where possible we are providing a full response, and the web page will help answer future public queries."

Key facts on the page include:

·        Swansea's tower blocks - in Clase, Dyfatty, Penlan and Sketty - have 671 flats.

·        Each flat has smoke detectors and a fire door. 

·        The blocks were built in 1963-64; two have more than 11 storeys.

·        All comply with the UK Government's Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

·        Fire service experts visit every block as part of their annual safety audit.

Cllr Lewis added: "Since Grenfell Tower we have worked hard to keep tenants informed about what we are doing to support them. Our officers have knocked on doors and delivered letters to advise on fire safety.

"Regular checks are made on communal areas and we're encouraging tenants to contact us if they have any concerns or want to have a fire safety check from the Fire Service."

Web page: www.swansea.gov.uk/swanseatowerblocks


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