Thompson Court tower block given the all clear

THOMPSON Court, Stalybridge’s only tower block, has been given a clean bill of health over cladding.It comes in the wake of a revelation that 79 apartment blocks in Greater Manchester do not meet fire safety standards more than two years after the Grenfell Tower disaster which claimed 72 lives.

Cladding is again in the spotlight after a block of student accommodation in Bolton was gutted by flames, which spread across the building.

However, Thompson Court has been cleared of having the same as the London tower.

Gary Heaton, operations director of asset management at Jigsaw Homes Group, said: “Jigsaw Group would like to reassure our residents that we take fire safety very seriously and want to remind our residents living in our high-rise blocks across Tameside that they are not clad using the same cladding system as the Grenfell tower block.

“Jigsaw Homes will continue working in partnership with our fire risk assessor, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) to ensure our buildings are safe”.

Councillor Jan Jackson, who represents Stalybridge North, was earlier given a safety assurance in the wake of the report by Greater Manchester High Rise Task Force.

“I have been on to Tameside Court who say Thompson Court has been checked out and everything is okay,” she said.

Since Grenfell every tower block in the Greater Manchester have been inspected, and replacement work carried out on a number of those found to have unsafe cladding.

But the task force said there are still 79 buildings in the region which ‘do not meet adequate standards of fire safety’.

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