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Newport City Homes
Nexus House, Mission Court,
Newport, NP20 2DW.

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Fire safety update - tower blocks
The safety of our residents has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.
A failure in testing does not mean that a building is unsafe. There would have to be a number of fire safety failures in a building, such as the lack of a firebreak or using combustible insulation materials.
That is not the case in our tower blocks.
We are reassuring residents that their homes are safe, so we are visiting every home in Greenwood, Hillview and Milton Court today. We will also continue to hold weekly surgeries in each, should residents have any questions or concerns.
We have delivered information on the tests to residents, distributed a fire safety booklet and published a short social media video.
Rob Lynbeck, executive director of operations at Newport City Homes, said: “The safety of our residents has always, and will continue to be, a priority for Newport City Homes. We are disappointed to learn the results of the whole system test and our focus is on making sure that residents are safe and feel reassured. Our board have already approved the installation of sprinklers and we are working with contractors to complete this work as quickly as possible.
“At each of our tower blocks we’re introducing fire wardens who will carry out frequent inspections of the building, throughout the day and night. They will make sure that escape routes are clear and monitor the safety of the building.
“We are also working with independent experts on a programme of work to remove and replace the cladding. This may take some time but it’s important we do this the right way. This will make sure that any replacement cladding meets or exceeds fire safety standards.
“The tower blocks have a number of fire safety measures already in place including: smoke/fire alarms; fire doors; fire breaks between every floor and vertically; fire retardant paint; two stairways that act as evacuation routes; and emergency lighting.”