We recently welcomed the new minister for housing and regeneration, Rebecca Evans, at Milton Court to talk with residents about their experiences of having sprinklers retrofitted in their homes.

Sprinklers have already been installed in all the homes and communal areas at Hillview, with work currently taking place at Milton Court and Greenwood.

They are an additional fire safety measure to go with those already installed in the tower blocks, including:

  • Smoke/fire alarms in each property and in communal areas
  • Fire-retardant paint in communal areas
  • Fire doors for communal areas and the front doors of individual flats
  • Two stairwells that act as escape routes

The executive director of operations at Newport City Homes, Robert Lynbeck, said: “We were delighted to welcome the minister to Milton Court to speak with residents about their experiences of having the sprinklers retrofitted. It allowed the minister to see for herself the scale of our work, the challenges we face in ensuring the residents’ best interests are at the heart of our actions, and how we have worked with United Living and RSP Sprinklers Wales to minimise any disruption and reassure residents.”