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Tower Block Evacuated After Faults Found


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Residents of a tower block in Brentford were evacuated last night after faulty cavity barriers were found within the structure.

The barriers are designed to prevent flames spreading, but issues were raised by technical consultants who said safety for tenants could not be guaranteed.

Notting Hill Genesis, the housing association responsible for the accommodation have apologised for the “distressing time” and said it was working to discover the full extent of the faults.

Group Chief Executive Kate Davies said: “This is a complex situation, and we don’t yet have all the answers. We are working to uncover the full extent of the issues at Paragon so that we can provide residents with clarity about timescales, next steps and options as quickly as possible.”

Tower block monitored since 2017

The tower block has been one of many that have been monitored since the Grenfell tower fire in 2017 and the evacuation means that every occupant of the 1,059 high-rise homes will be moved out this week.

This has raised concerns for some of the residents living on site who will now not be able to isolate, even with positive Covid-19 test results.  One occupant claimed that the housing association were “panicking” in their response to the findings.

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