"Concerning" that buildings are failing safety tests


The failed tests come one day after residents of five London tower blocks in the Chalcots estate were asked to evacuate their homes for concern over safety. The apartments were evacua.

UPDATE 9.50am: Residents remaining in four tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster will be told they "must leave", Camden Council has said.

(AP Photo/Alastair Grant). A resident of Dornay tower apartment building looks out of the top floor apartment, part of the Chalcots Estate in the borough of Camden, north London, Saturday, June 24, 2017.

London officials scrambled to evacuate four public-housing towers after experts found them "not safe for people to sleep in overnight".

Local authorities have now confirmed that 60 cladding samples taken from as many high-rise buildings across 25 local authority areas have failed fire safety tests.

"All landlords and fire and rescue services for these local authorities have been alerted to the results and we are in touch with all of them to support and monitor follow-up action", said local government minister Sajid Javid.

The flats were owned by North Ayrshire Council, who ordered the removal of plastic cladding and PVC window frames as a precaution "at whatever cost" so they could be replaced with safer materials.

HUNDREDS of council tenants have been warned to expect door knocks through the night as officials attempted to force them to leave tower blocks which are deemed unsafe.

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Residents are being told to go to the rest centre at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre where they can talk to council workers who will help them find temporary accommodation.

"Whilst we are clear that our cladding design and insulation significantly differs to that at Grenfell Tower, the external cladding panels did not satisfy our independent laboratory testing or the high standards we set for contractors", Gould said in a statement Thursday, adding that the council had chose to "immediately begin preparing to remove these external cladding panels".

Around 600 buildings across the country are believed to have similar fire risks, of which at least 20 have been confirmed to have the risky and unauthorised cladding.

The towers were refurbished by Rydon - the same company involved in the multimillion pound refit of Grenfell Tower.

Meanwhile, Theresa May has said her "thoughts are with the residents" being evacuated from the five Camden Tower blocks, adding that the government is supporting local authorities to ensure those evacuating have somewhere to stay. "You can't play Russian roulette with people's safety", Khan told Sky News.

Now Salix Homes has sent a letter to its residents in Canon Hussey Court on the Islington Estate relating that cladding is to be removed this week.

Flammable external cladding that is widely used to provide insulation and enhance the appearance of buildings has been identified as the culprit in the Grenfell disaster.

Ms Gould explained some residents have issues, including agoraphobia, and want to be sure they have got suitable accommodation before moving out of their flats.