Hounslow Council


Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Lampton Road, Hounslow. View directions

Contact: Ian Duke Email: ian.duke@hounslow.gov.uk, 020 8583 2191 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies, Declarations of Interest or Any Other Communications from Members

Minutes:

Panel Members:      Corinna Smart, Mel Collins, Khulique Malik

 

Other Councillors:  John Chatt, Amrit Mann

 

There were no communications from Members or declarations of interest.

 

2.

Minutes of meeting held on 27 April 2017 & Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

There were no Matters Arising and the Minutes were signed off as a true record

 

3.

Election of Vice-Chair

Minutes:

The Chair proposed Cllr Guy Lambert as Vice Chair of the panel, seconded by Bandna Chopra.  Panel members voted unanimously in favour or his appointment.

 

4.

Housing Services response to questions about tower block fire safety in Hounslow pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

Cllrs Dunne and Curran were invited to respond to seven key questions (in bold below) in relation to the recent Grenfell Tower block fire.  Peter Matthews, Director for Housing, provided a written response to each question on behalf of the Cabinet Members.

 

1.    Of the high-rise buildings in council stock, how many are clad and what is the fire specification of that cladding?

 

There are seven high rise blocks with ‘rain screen’ cladding. They are:

·         Belvedere House, Feltham, TW13 4DH (High rise)

·         Hunter House, Feltham, TW13 4DL (High rise)

·         Bellamy House, Biscoe Close, TW5 0UU (High rise)

·         Fenton House, Biscoe Close, TW5 0UU (High rise)

·         Convent Way (207-280), Southall, UB2 5UJ (High rise)

·         Clements Court (1-78), Green Lane, Hounslow, TW4 6ED (High rise); and

·         Easedale House, Summerwood Road, Isleworth, TW7 7QE (High rise)

 

The fire specification would have been in line with the requirements of Building Regulations at the time of installation of these cladding solutions.

 

2. For the same stock, what is the status of fire assessments, how many have central sprinkler systems and have any practice evacuations been carried out in the last 5 years?

 

The 7 high-rises had their last FRAs as follows:

Belvedere House – 18/11/16

Hunter House – 18/11/16

Bellamy House – 22/12/16

Fenton House – 22/12/16

Convent Way (207-280) – 27/01/17

Clements Court (1-78) – 14/12/16

Easedale House – 31/01/17

 

No tower blocks have sprinklers installed. The legislation currently requires new residential tower blocks over 30m high constructed after 2007, and older towers that undergo major structural changes, to be fitted with sprinklers. Hounslow Council has not undertaken any major renovations across our tower blocks which have affected their structure. Should these requirements change, then we will, of course, comply.

 

Council has made clear that it will revisit and consider the issues around the fitting of fire alarms and sprinklers, subject to the outcomes and recommendation of on-going investigations.

 

No practice evacuations have been carried out in the last 5 years. We have no current plans to change the ‘stay put’ advice, which is in line with the London Fire Brigade and Local Government Association (LGA) guidance on fire safety in purpose built blocks of flats. London Fire Brigade have since Grenfell reiterated the ‘stay put’ policy.

 

3. Are there plans to undertake cladding of any public/residential buildings in the near future? If so what is the specification and what will happen next?

 

At Borough Council on 13th July – the Leader announced that in the light of Grenfell and the strong messages from residents against the prospects of cladding Brentford Towers, council has reviewed its plans and will not proceed with the cladding of Brentford Towers. 

 

We have no other current plans.

 

 

4. Do we have the same information for any residential high-rises not in Council ownership? If so can this be provided? If not is this being looked into?

 

No.  However, DCLG are requiring all registered providers of social housing to identify and submit for testing any ACM panels  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Urgent Business

Any business which the Chair agrees to accept on grounds of urgency.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business

 

6.

Date of the next meeting

The next scheduled meeting will take place on 18th October 2017

 

Minutes:

The next Panel meeting was 18th October 2017

 

7.

Dates of future meetings

·         18th October 2017

·         18th December 2017

·         17th January 2018

·         19th March 2018

Minutes:

Members were also asked to note confirmed Panel meeting dates for the year ending 31/03/18:

 

·         18th December 2017

·         17th January 2018

·         19th March 2018