Taunton Deane MP Rebecca Pow has met with the Leader of Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) to discuss fire safety in social housing across Taunton Deane. Most local council housing is low rise in comparison with London and other big cities.
Commenting, Rebecca Pow said, ‘The safety of our council tenants across the constituency is paramount. Fortunately, there are no council properties above four storeys in Taunton Deane, however, I felt it important to receive assurances from the Council that all steps are being taken to give due regard to the safety of those living in our Local Authority housing.’
Rebecca confirmed that she will also be contacting local housing associations to ask for similar reassurances following this devastating tragedy.
A spokesperson for Taunton Deane Borough Council said, ‘The Council owns some 5,800 properties and as a responsible landlord, puts the health and safety of its tenants as the highest priority. The council has a clear plan to make sure it complies with all the relevant legislation and requirements. The Council also has a strong relationship with its tenants through the Tenants Services Management Board (TSMB) and the Tenants’ Forum. Senior officers have met members of the TSMB to update them and to assure them that tenants will be provided with detailed, updated information about fire safety shortly.’