Bristol backs action on cladding

January 08 2021

Bristol City Council has unanimously voted in favour of a motion regarding support for leaseholders living in buildings with potentially-unsafe cladding. The Council has supported the ten pledges of the #EndOurCladdingScandal campaign, and voted to explore options to accelerate remediation and certification of EWS1 forms – while calling on the Government to provide much needed national clarity and funding.
Speaking during the meeting on December 8, Councillor Nicola Beech said: “In the wake of Grenfell, the Council took swift action to ensure the tragedy could not be repeated in Bristol. While none of our blocks had the same style of cladding as Grenfell, we have worked alongside Avon Fire and Rescue to carry out assessments of our blocks’ cladding, and made repairs where needed. Sadly, the private sector has been much slower, and much more reluctant, to follow in our footsteps.
“It is completely unfair that leaseholders in Bristol are being faced with five figure bills for removing cladding. We should all be in agreement that freeholders should be responsible for covering these costs, and not the leaseholders
“We can, and will, do all we can in the council to help residents with this.”