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Glasgow flats with Grenfell-type cladding to be identified

Up to 57 high-rises could feature the same type used in the London tower block.

Grenfell Tower: London high-rise was destroyed by blaze (file pic).
Grenfell Tower: London high-rise was destroyed by blaze (file pic). SWNS

Glasgow City Council should know which high-rise flats have Grenfell-type cladding by the end of the week, MSPs have been told.

Up to 57 private high-rises in the city could feature the same type used in the London tower block where 80 lives were lost in a fire, it emerged last week.

People living in the buildings have not been told but blocks within the Glasgow Harbour complex near Partick are believed to be among them.

On Wednesday, housing minister Kevin Stewart told MSPs: "Glasgow City Council have a responsibility to residents to progress this work as a matter of urgency."

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MSPs on the Scottish Parliament's local government committee heard last week from a senior official on the council that a survey in the aftermath of the Grenfell fire identified combustible cladding on privately-owned flats in Glasgow.

Raymond Barlow, assistant head of planning and building standards, said the local authority had been waiting to hear from the Scottish Government.

Mr Stewart complained of a "lack of detail" in the information passed on by the council.

Bill Dodds, head of building standards at the Scottish Government, said it was "mainly clarity around the extent of the cladding" they were seeking.

'The majority of the requests for clarity are around the age of the building, the height of the building the extent of the cladding material and so on.'
Scottish Government head of building standards Bill Dodds

He told the committee: "The majority of the requests for clarity are around the age of the building, the height of the building the extent of the cladding material and so on.

"It's quite important to clarify in Grenfell the entire building was overclad with ACM [aluminium composite material], it was a complete enclosure of ACM material so what we're trying to do is establish whether we have a Greenfell type arrangement where the building is completely overclad in ACM product or if it is in isolated areas, that's the clarity we're asking.

"That request has gone back almost line by line now asking for that additional clarity and we've been given a reassurance we will get that clarity hopefully by the end of next week."

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1398155-residents-unaware-of-grenfell-cladding-on-glasgow-flats/ | default

Mr Stewart said he had received an email from government officials sent into the Glasgow on Wednesday morning "which says they are on track to complete the necessary work by the end of this week".

He pledged: "I will be keeping a close tab to make sure that work is completed as soon as it possibly can be, because we need to take actions necessary coming from the completed information we receive."

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