Proposed By: Councillor Saeed Ebrahim
Seconded By: Councillor Huw Thomas
This month marks the 4 year anniversary of the Grenfell Tower disaster in which 72 people tragically lost their lives.
Cardiff Council acted swiftly to ensure all Council-owned high rise buildings were safe, whilst Welsh Government have also acted to enable Registered Social Landlords to do the same.
However, the situation for privately owned high-rise remains unresolved, and the cladding scandal has also exposed other defects affecting private high-rise development, including the absence of appropriate fire compartmentation, other ineffective fire-stopping measures, and unsafe balconies, with many buildings, including in Cardiff, requiring ‘waking-watch’ regimes in place to ensure residents’ safety in the event of fire.
The introduction of EWS1 forms, without sufficient numbers of qualified engineers to carry out inspections has further exacerbated the issues faced by residents living in high-rise accommodation.
These arrangements have clearly impacted on the mental wellbeing of the residents who, through no fault of their own find themselves unsure if their homes is safe, with their lives placed on hold. They also face a significant financial impact, with residents struggling to get insurance for their properties, owner-occupiers falling into negative equity and unable to sell their property, and residents facing the possibility of having to fund the costs of making the good the defects to their properties themselves, despite having purchased their properties in good faith.
This Council therefore –