Issues relating to Grenfell Tower and the lessons for Cambridge will be discussed at the City Council’s Full Council meeting tonight (13 July).
Speaking ahead of the meeting, the Leader of the City Council, Councillor Lewis Herbert. said: “The unspeakable tragedy at Grenfell Tower last month and the inadequate response by their council rightly raises many questions for all councils to consider both for their own housing and tenants and also for the wider community. In addition there are major challenges that the Government has yet to fully answer for the whole country including whether current fire safety and Building Control regulations are fit for purpose.
The City Council’s rapid and thorough response has included a searching assessment of fire safety, prevention and fire precautions in all of our large buildings, particularly our high-rise housing, working with the Fire Service. We are also fortunate that the vast majority of Cambridge council homes have long been built low-rise.
As a key partner with the emergency services and other councils in the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Resilience Forum, the Council already has plans to deal with a full range of emergency events but we will be reviewing whether there are lessons to be learnt from Grenfell Tower and from the wider UK review underway on high rise building safety. We will continue to be guided by advice from the Fire Service and from the Department of Communities and Local Government in the immediate and shocking aftermath of Grenfell and we have taken every measure possible to date where the council has related responsibilities.
The terrible fire and the inadequate response by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council was also a major concern for councils at last week’s annual Local Government Association Conference in Birmingham which I attended. Clearly there are also deeper questions to be answered about decades of under-funding of council housing by the government and the lives put at risk by substandard housing. Cambridge will continue to be a strong advocate for the urgent need for a UK-wide council house building programme and for a strong voice from all tenants in how they are managed. Grenfell must be a national turning point and we are determined to work with councils across Britain and the Government and our tenants to make it one."
Issues relating to Grenfell Tower and the lessons for Cambridge will be discussed at the City Council’s Full Council meeting tonight (13 July). Speaking ahead of the meeting, the...
Leading Cambridge City Councillors. Richard Robertson and Kevin Price, have said that they hope lots of local residents will attend the exhibition for Mill Road Depot at the launch of a consultation on plans by the Cambridge Investment Partnership for redevelopment of the site, and also respond to the consultation itself.
The public exhibition on the proposals for up to 230 new homes will take place on Wednesday 19 July at St Barnabas Church in Mill Road from 3 pm - 6.30 pm and comments on the consultation will be open until Friday 11 August.
Councillor Robertson, the City’s Executive Councillor for Finance and Resources, said: “ We are determined to take through the ambitious vision for this major city council owned site which was outlined in the Mill Road Depot Development Brief, approved in March after extensive consultation with the local community. I look forward to working with residents again on the more detailed proposals coming forward through the Cambridge Investment Partnership.
Our core principles for this important site are to create a new mixed residential neighbourhood which integrates well with the existing strong communities in Petersfield and provides high quality new open spaces. Excellent walking and cycling routes into and around the site, including the Chisholm Trail, are vital to reduce the need for car journeys. Our proposals will also ensure that all motor vehicle access to the site will only be from Mill Road.”
Councillor Kevin Price, Executive Councillor for Housing at Cambridge City Council, said: “This site represents the first large mixed housing site to come forward using the City’s £70,000,000 grant funding from the Devolution Deal to deliver new council homes. We want to achieve 50% affordable housing at Mill Road Depot and are also looking at the potential for further investment from the General Fund to build some of the new homes as part of our Cambridge Housing Company’s portfolio which would be rented out to those with a low priority for council homes. This is an exciting opportunity to address the high need in Cambridge for additional housing of all tenures, whether that is market sale, intermediate or social rented homes. “
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