County Council offers homes for Grenfell fire survivors

Northumberland County Council has offered emergency accommodation to survivors of the Grenfell fire in London.
Daljit Lally, the interim Chief Executive of the County Council  made contact with the Chief Executive and Director of Housing from the Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea Council to make the offer.
In preparation the County Council has made arrangements for housing to provide immediate temporary or permanent accommodation in Northumberland for two families from today, Monday 19th June 2017.
Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. There is currently a crisis in housing people who have been displaced by this terrible tragedy in Kensington.
“Even though we are some distance from London, we were keen to offer support.”
In addition to offering accommodation for those affected by the tragedy, a proactive review is underway by county council departments to look at records of premises which operate stay put policies, or have external cladding applied to them, to provide confidence and assurance that safety issues have been properly considered and risk assessed.
Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer at Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “Our thoughts are with all those involved in the Grenfell Tower fire and our colleagues in the emergency services.
"Across the country, this tragedy has touched us all.  Whilst Northumberland does not have any residential tower blocks of the type involved in the Grenfell Tower tragedy, there are residential low rise premises of up to 4 storeys.  There are of course also premises within Northumberland which we know are fitted with external cladding and we are working to establish the type and make of those panels.
“I would like to reassure Northumberland residents that we unaware of any concerns about the safety of any multi-storey residential premises within the county.
“As part of a wide range of measures, we will also be liaising with external partners and contacting premises across the county to provide an offer of support, advice and guidance on fire safety matters and asking that they take steps themselves to satisfy themselves that there are no safety concerns for the premises for which they are responsible.”
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