(Update from the Assistant Director Assets)
Councillor Maycock joined the meeting at 6.05pm.
The Chair introduced the Fire Safety / Inspection update and invited the Assistant Director, Assets to provide an update to the Committee.
The Assistant Director reported that:
In terms of the recently published Building Safety Bill, the Assistant Director reported that:
1. Consultant appointed
The Committee sought and received clarifications in the following areas:
· Fire door replacement programme, where it was confirmed that the delay to this programme was as a result of the re-certification of fire doors in the market.
· The requirement or not for 3D mapping of buildings, where it was confirmed that this would be part of the expected digital records requirement if the surveyors considered 3D mapping to be most appropriate.
· Regularity of lift inspections in the high rise buildings, where it was reported that a risk based approach was taken, but all lifts were maintained regularly (every 3 months as a minimum) and some more regularly.
· The installation of fire sprinklers within residences and the extent of the take up. It was reported that the take up had been good with only 17 leasehold properties across all 7 blocks included in the programme refusing installation. Furthermore, whilst the Council had decided not to charge leaseholders for the work, there was no mechanism to force leaseholders to have the work done as there was no legal requirement to install sprinklers and nothing in the lease that would force them to comply.
· Assessments of council buildings which were lower risk (below 18m), where it was reported that inspections and surveys were prioritised on buildings with communal entrances.
· Management of inspections for heritage sites, such as the Town Hall where is was reported that regular risk assessments and electrical inspections were undertaken and that a reasonable and proportionate approach was taken.
· Electrical safety checks and gaining access to undertake such tests where the access process was less clear than for gas safety inspections, It was noted that this was an area of focus to ensure all procedures and communication with tenants were clear.
The Committee thanked the Assistant Director for his attendance and presentation and noted that a further update in 12 months time would be added to the work plan. The Assistant Director left the meeting.