Sutton Council has moved to reassure residents about fire safety at the borough's high-rise buildings in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Cllr Jayne McCoy, chairwoman of the housing, economy and business committee, said: “The safety of our residents is a priority for the council and we understand that there may be concerns and questions in the wake of this incident."

Cllr McCoy added: “We would like to reassure residents that quarterly fire safety inspections are carried out by Sutton Housing Partnership at the council’s high-rise properties, in accordance with current legislation.

“An independent approved contractor also carries out an annual fire risk assessment.”

The councillor stated that once the London Fire Brigade’s report on the Grenfell Tower fire is released, the council will review it and make any necessary recommendations that the Fire Brigade suggests.

She also said that Sutton Housing Partnership, which manages the council’s housing stock, and the borough fire commander are being as transparent as possible.

Cllr McCoy said: "Sutton Housing Partnership, which manages the council’s housing stock, is visiting residents to provide information and support to those living in high-rise blocks.

“Steve Green, the borough fire commander, and his team, are also undertaking inspections.”

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