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Fire Safety to be Discussed at CAF Meeting

Fire safety will be highlighted at the Hebburn Community Area Forum meeting next week.

Members will be given a presentation about a sprinkler installation project in the borough's high rise blocks which has already seen 18-storey Durham Court in the town fitted with an automatic sprinkler system.

The measures were taken in response to the tragic Grenfell Tower fire and, although the buildings were deemed safe, the council made the decision to invest £1.4m to install the sprinkler systems.

Councillor Wilf Flynn, Chair of the CAF, said: "Sprinkler systems are vital in preventing fire damage and injury to residents in high rise buildings.

"After the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the council felt it was right to investigate fire safety systems in our tower blocks and look at how best to tackle any issues.

"I'm looking forward to finding out how the installation process has gone so far and listening to recommendations on how we can continue to monitor and ensure our buildings are as safe as they possibly can be."

Councillors will also receive an update on the Highways England Testo's scheme where work is underway to improve the junction by raising the A19 on a flyover and building new slip roads.

The meeting will be held on at 10am on Monday 2 September at Hebburn Central, Glen Street, Hebburn. Members of the public and press are welcome.

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