Public meeting on cladding scandal: Houses in Bristol

10 Feb 2021

Public meeting on cladding scandal

Bristol City Council will next week host an online public meeting for residents affected by the national cladding scandal.

Mayor Marvin Rees has previously confirmed his support for the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign, set out the problems facing leaseholders, and called for much-needed additional support from national government: https://thebristolmayor.com/2020/12/08/end-our-cladding-scandal/

Councillor Nicola Beech, Cabinet Member for City Design and Spatial Planning, has organised the meeting with Thangam Debbonaire, Bristol West MP and shadow Secretary of State for Housing.

Encouraging people affected to attend the meeting, Councillor Nicola Beech said: “Coming up to four years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy, it could not be clearer that remaining cladding issues still need to be fixed. We have been working collaboratively to lobby the Government on what’s needed to ensure that leaseholders are not left footing the bill for unsafe cladding.

“In the meantime, our administration continues to work on how we can best further support affected residents. Next Friday’s meeting will be a good opportunity for people to raise questions with me, council officers, and Thangam.”

Thangam Debbonaire MP added: “Everyone should be safe in their home. For many leaseholders, the dream of home ownership has become a nightmare. They feel abandoned, locked down in flammable homes and facing ruinous costs for repair work and interim safety measures.

“Nearly four years on from the Grenfell tragedy hundreds of thousands of people nationwide are in this situation. Some in Bristol are facing bills of upwards of £40,000 each or more and neither leaseholders nor taxpayers should be left to carry the can”.

People can register to attend the meeting, which takes place on Friday, February 19 at 1pm:   https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYkdemoqjMqHN1Xs4pEMKWJI2gRUYlcmqPR