Southend Council to debate Cliffs Pavilion fire safety improvements

SOUTHEND councillors will today consider a request to spend £250,000 carrying out ‘high priority’ fire safety improvements at the Cliffs Pavilion.

The scheme is one of several proposals set out in a report, to be considered by the cabinet this afternoon, on the borough’s fire safety.

The council commissioned a review of fire safety after the Grenfell Tower tragedy and currently has £500,000 per year set aside for improvements.

But the cabinet will debate today whether to allocate an extra £250,000 for the Cliffs Pavilion improvements, then keep an extra £250,000 per year in the budget for another four years, for other improvements.

Labour council leader Ian Gilbert said: “Fire safety is right at the top of our agenda… The proposal to increase the fire safety budget we have for the next five years would ensure that we can keep doing the work that is needed to ensure our buildings are safe and residents are reassured.”

Martin Terry, cabinet member for community safety, added: “Although the council’s buildings meet the regulatory standards that were in place when they were constructed, extended or altered, and they have up-to-date fire risk assessments in place, we have a duty to make sure our residents and visitors feel safe and secure at all times.”

The cabinet will discuss the proposal in the Civic Suite at the council offices at 2pm today, September 17.


Charles Thomson

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