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Part 2 of Assembly’s fire safety review followed by questions to Crown Estate Chairman tomorrow

7 June 2010

The London Assembly’s review[1] of fire safety in tall and timber-framed buildings[2] continues tomorrow at a public hearing focusing on the enforcement and practicalities of Fire Risk Assessments.

From 3.30pm the Committee will question the following guests[3] about fire safety:

  • Cora Vigar, Head of Corporate Services, Barnet Homes (LB Barnet’s ALMO)
  • Garry Fisher, Assistant Head of HR (Health & Safety), Newham Homes (LB Newham’s ALMO)
  • Kevin O’Reilly, Assistant Director for asset management, East Thames Housing Group (RSL)
  • John McGrath, The London Tenants Federation
  • Steve Turek, Assistant Commissioner and Head of Fire Safety Regulation, London Fire Brigade
  • David Hewett, Chief Executive, Association of Residential Managing Agents (ARMA) 

Following on from the issues raised at the Committee’s first hearing in March with a range of fire safety experts[4], the Committee will now focus on: the implementation of fire safety regulations; the duties of landlords particularly in carrying out fire risk assessments; the involvement of tenants and how they are given fire safety information and advice; and the role of the fire brigades in enforcing fire safety and providing training for landlords.

From 5pm (approx) the Committee will question Sir Stuart Hampson, Chairman of the Crown Estate, about the proposed sale of four residential estates in London.

After deciding to proceed with the sale of the freeholds of Cumberland Market, Lee Green, Millbank and Victoria Park, the Crown Estate has commenced a further period of consultation with tenants – many of whom are keyworkers - as well as marketing the estates to potential buyers.   The Committee will discuss the concerns expressed about the sale by a variety of stakeholders – including the Mayor and several London boroughs - and the potential implications for tenants5.


The Planning and Housing Committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, 8 June in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).  

 Media and members of the public are invited to attend.   The meeting can also be viewed via webcast at:

 Notes for Editors:

  1. The Assembly’s Planning and Housing Committee is reviewing building regulations, planning policies, the Mayor’s London Plan and other guidance to assess how fire safety rules might be tightened to make buildings safer, both during and after construction.  The review is concentrating on residential buildings in London, covering the distinctive fire safety aspects of both tall buildings that are already occupied and timber-framed buildings, particularly during the construction phase.
  2. Five storeys and above.
  3. See more information about our guests here.
  4. Read the minutes or view the webcast of the Committee’s hearing on 16 March with fire safety experts.
  5. See background paper for more details.
  6. More details about the Committee’s investigation are available here.
  7. Full agenda papers for the meeting on 8 June are available at here.
  8. The Chair of the Planning and Housing Committee, Nicky Gavron AM, is available for interview.  See contact details below.
  9. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For media enquiries, please contact Dana Gavin on 020 7983 4603/5769.  For out of hours media enquiries, call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the London Assembly duty press officerNon-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit on 020 7983 4100.