Carol Monaghan MP comments as GHA confirm cladding material not used in Glasgow flats

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, has commented as the Wheatley Group confirm that none of its buildings in Glasgow are insulated with the same cladding material as Grenfell Tower in London.

Monaghan wrote to the Wheatley Group, which encompasses Glasgow Housing Association and Cube Housing Association among others, seeking assurances regarding the safety of similar multi-storey properties in Glasgow.

GHA and Cube jointly own 82 multi-storey buildings, including on Broomhill Lane, Lincoln Avenue in Knightswood and Linkwood Crescent in Drumchapel.

Commenting, Monaghan said:

“Following the horrific event which has taken place at Grenfell Tower in London, I have been contacted by many constituents who are rightly concerned about the safety of similar multi-storey properties in Glasgow North West and across the city.

“Many of these blocks have either recently or are currently being refurbished. Having written to the Wheatley Group, which encompasses Glasgow Housing Association and Cube Housing Association among others, I have been assured that the materials used are different from the cladding system which was in place in Grenfell Tower and is manufactured with non-combustible materials designed to restrict the spread of fire.

“As part of their fire safety regime, fire stopping measures have been installed in their multi-storeys as well as sprinklers in many of the bin store areas. I understand that they have a programme in place to extend this to all properties. There are also daily patrols with local staff identifying health and safety issues.

“The Wheatley Group will be setting up a helpline for anyone who wants extra reassurance and, if any tenants are particularly concerned, they are invited to contact them to arrange a visit with a housing officer or a home fire safety visit in partnership with Scottish Fire and Rescue.

“I will continue to follow developments at Grenfell Tower closely as the causes of this disaster become better established. I would expect this to be reflected on when assessing safety standards in all blocks of this kind both here in Glasgow and across the UK.

“My thoughts and prayers remain with all involved.”