MP responds as Glasgow Harbour developers agree to cover cost of removing Grenfell-style cladding

A Glasgow MP has welcomed the news that residents of a west end apartment complex are to be spared a £10million bill to remove Grenfell-style cladding.

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, had written to Taylor Wimpey, who built two multi-storey blocks of the Glasgow Harbour flats, urging them to pay for the removal of Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) – the same cladding which accelerated the Grenfell Tower fire in which 71 people lost their lives – as well as to cover the cost of employing fire wardens at the affected blocks.

Over 300 properties at Castlebank Place and 350 Meadowside Quay, both within the complex, are confirmed to have been clad in the highly flammable material.

In a letter to neighbours, the firm said: “We wish to inform you that the direct cost of the ACM cladding replacement works and all associated remedial or ancillary works will be funded by Taylor Wimpey.”

In late April, it was reported that Barratt Homes had agreed to meet the £2million cost of replacing Grenfell-style cladding on an effected tower block in Croydon, London, as well as the employment of fire wardens – saving residents £31,300 per flat.

Commenting, Carol Monaghan MP said:

“This is extremely welcome news to the residents of Glasgow Harbour who have been subject to many months of uncertainty and distress.

“After it was reported that Barratt Homes had agreed to meet the £2 million cost of replacing similar cladding on an effected tower block in Croydon, as well as the employment of fire wardens, I wrote to Taylor Wimpey urging that similar steps be taken at Glasgow Harbour.

“I’m delighted to learn today that they will indeed meet the direct costs of removing and replacing the cladding, as well as the associated fire safety measures which have been in place since this first came to light.

“I recognise that the issue is not yet concluded, but hopefully this positive news signals the beginning of the end.”

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