Haringey Council rule not to install sprinklers in high-rise blocks

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Haringey Council rule not to install sprinklers in high-rise blocks

A row has broken out in Haringey after it was ruled that sprinklers would not be fitted to tall buildings under council control, as well as schools in the borough, following the Grenfell Fire.

At a meeting last night, the Labour leaders of the authority dismissed a call from Lib Dem councillors to include sprinklers in their new fire safety measures.

Cllr Alan Strickland, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and Planning, said:

"There is no higher priority for us than the safety of everyone who lives and works in Haringey. All council buildings comply with existing fire safety regulations, and we will of course take any further steps that may be recommended following investigations into the Grenfell Tower tragedy. It is really important that we consider any additional safety measures together, in line with advice, and make sure that if any improvements are needed, we install the right safety measures rather than simply looking to one single option.

"Safety features such as escape routes and sprinklers are now fitted as standard in all new-build tall residential buildings, and this will of course apply to any new homes built as part of Haringey's regeneration and estate renewal schemes."

 

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