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Cladding is stripped from tower blocks after fire safety review

CityWest Homes writes to residents with clear plan

22 September, 2017 — By Tom Foot

Cladding comes down at Brinklow 

WESTMINSTER Council has begun removing cladding from estate tower blocks (above) following a post-Grenfell fire safety review.

Contractor Wates has moved in equipment and set up a site office on the “Little Venice estate” near Westbourne Green.

A bulletin to residents of six tower blocks, sent by the chief executive of CityWest Homes Jonathan Cowie on Monday, said: “We have begun removal at Princethorpe and Wilmcote towers and plan to start on Oversley and Polesworth towers this week followed by Bricklow and Gaydon towers from September 25.”

London Fire Brigade had said there was no need for an evacuation of the homes – as was done at the Chalcots estate in Camden in June – but that cladding should be removed.

Residents told the Westminster Extra in June they were confused about what works would be taking place and when.

The CityWest letter said that some parking spaces would have to fenced off during the work and some balcony decking will also be replaced in January. The blocks will also be fitted with sprinkler systems but no date has yet been set, Mr Cowie’s letter added.

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