Category Archives: London-wide issues

Sutton residential tower block fails fire safety tests

A nine-storey residential tower block in north Sutton which had a multi-million-pound “upgrade” completed only last October, has failed fire safety checks on its exterior cladding. The residents of 96 homes in Chaucer House received letters today informing them of … Continue reading

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Council writes to residents to state its blocks are safe

A senior Croydon Council official has written to all residents in the borough’s residential blocks to reassure them and confirm that the hazardous cladding which is suspected of contributing to so much death and destruction in the Grenfell Tower blaze … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick’s profitable Blairite response to Right to Buy

The tragedy of the Grenfell Tower fire has, rightly, focused attention on safety around the nation’s low-cost housing. But underlining the lack of attention given to the conditions of such homes and the ongoing under-investment in council housing has been … Continue reading

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Tower residents have three-month wait for sprinkler action

Croydon Council last night announced that it is to fit sprinklers in all of its residential tower blocks which are 10 or more storeys tall, in a scheme expected to cost £10million. It makes Croydon the first local authority in … Continue reading

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More than one Tory politician to blame for austerity

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Inside Croydon’s editor, STEVEN DOWNES, puts forward a view that may surprise many It’s time to lay off Gavin Barwell. Not because of the sly and underhand way he often conducted himself when a Tory MP for Croydon … Continue reading

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‘Right to Buy is an organised high-yield industry’

“Artwashing”. “Estate regeneration”. “Gentrification”. Profit. All words which have been used, accusingly, against other London local authorities, Labour- and Tory-run, and which are increasingly being used to describe aspects of Croydon’s plans. SIMON ELMER is a leading figure in ASH, … Continue reading

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Council spent £2m per block on fire safety measures in 2012

In the absence of any definitive statements from Croydon Council’s leadership to reassure residents regarding building materials and techniques used on the borough’s residential towers following this week’s horrifying fire at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, a senior official with direct … Continue reading

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