Dawn Bowden AM visited flats under the stewardship of Merthyr Valleys Homes to seek assurances on their safety, and to meet with local residents, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
Commenting on her visits Dawn Bowden said,
“I am grateful to Merthyr Valleys Homes who contacted me immediately following the tragic events at Grenfell Tower to advise me that they were carrying out an urgent review visit to St Tydfil Court that morning and were hoping to meet residents in conjunction with South Wales Fire and Rescue to reassure residents on safety.”
“In view of the seriousness of this issue I wanted to pay my own visit to the flats to satisfy myself that all appropriate measures are being taken to assess any risk, and reassure residents”
During her visit to Caedraw Flats, Mike Owen Chief Executive Merthyr Valleys Homes gave a guided tour of the 11 storey Tydfil Court, showing all the upgrades and fire protection arrangements, including fire alarms and sprinklers, not just in communal areas but individual flats. There was also an opportunity for Dawn to speak to some of the residents about the reassurances they have received.
At the conclusion of her visit Dawn Bowden AM said,
“I am aware of the actions being undertaken by the Welsh Government to review the situation around the 36 blocks of flats of seven storeys or more run by residential landlords here in Wales and am pleased that we have regulations regarding the installation of sprinklers in any new high rise developments under the “Domestic Fire Safety Measure (Wales) 2011, and am reassured that not only does the high flat in my constituency area have such systems, but also it has not been fitted with the type of cladding used on Grenfell Tower”