Over 200 people signed our petition in Hanley today calling on the city council to start installing sprinklers immediately in all Stoke-on-Trent tower blocks. That makes 1,500 in total. At times people were queuing up to sign. There is also an online petition which has another 1,300 names calling for the installation of sprinklers.
The near miss for residents in a six storey block in Burslem yesterday makes even clearer the urgency of carrying out this work immediately. If neighbours had not alerted residents in the block by banging on their doors then we could have been looking at more lives lost.
It was reported in the Sentinel 6th October 2017 that, “The city council has previously announced plans to install sprinkler systems in blocks of flats … and has now appointed a specialist contractor for this scheme”
What we need from the council are details;
The name of the ‘specialist contractor’
What date will the work begin and be completed
A list of the ‘blocks of flats’ where sprinklers will be installed
Will the city council install sprinklers for ALL residents of flats across Stoke-on-Trent? For example the origin of the fire in Ringland Close was in a privately owned flat within a block of flats mainly council owned. This block is within a few yards of the 11 storey Northwood Court which is owned by Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society. If the fire had started at the other end of the block then it could have spread to Northwood Court.
It is therefore vital that the council works with Stoke-on-Trent Housing Society and other owners to ensure the safety of all tenants in ‘blocks of flats’.