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Council unveils plans to install tower block sprinklers

Sprinklers will go into individual flats or communal areas of the council’s 25 tallest blocks at 10, 11 or 12 storeys.

A London council has announced that fire sprinklers will be installed for every resident in 25 of its tallest tower blocks.

Croydon Council said sprinklers will go into individual flats or communal areas of the council’s 25 tallest blocks at 10, 11 or 12 storeys, with work starting this October and finishing next spring.

The council said Croydon was the first London borough after the Grenfell Tower tragedy to announce it will install tower block sprinklers.

The borough’s new fire safety board meets regularly to review work done so far by teams across the council since the Grenfell Tower fire, and its job is to ensure targets are met and to plan ahead, the council said.

Its focus includes overseeing future fire safety in all council-owned buildings, updating and strengthening council policies, checking fire alarms and encouraging landlords and businesses to do their own safety reviews.

Councillor Alison Butler, cabinet member for homes, regeneration and planning, said: “Croydon Council’s first priority after Grenfell was ensuring the safety of our tenants and leaseholders; that’s why we double-checked their buildings meet fire standards.

“From setting up our fire safety board to installing sprinklers in 25 tower blocks by next spring, this council is doing all it can to limit future fire risk in Croydon by responding robustly to the Grenfell Tower tragedy.”

The council said sprinklers will also be installed for residents of an eight-storey sheltered accommodation block in Addiscombe.

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