Councillor Phil Scott, Labour Group Leader on East Sussex Fire & Rescue Combined Authority has issued a plea to the Department for Communities and Local Government to introduce requirements for sprinklers to be installed in all new build properties and all converted properties.
A recent fire in the the six storey Marlborough House block in St Leonards resulted in the local authority having to find temporary accommodation for 34 elderly residents.
Cllr Scott says:
“The fire at Marlborough House once again places before us a number of unavoidable facts; we obviously need to have adequate resources of highly trained fire fighters and equipment to deal with major incidents such as Marlborough House, Sheltered Accommodation such as Marlborough House which is a fairly new building only some several years old should have had Residential Sprinkler Systems fitted, it is time that this Country had the Political will to compel developers to install Domestic Sprinkler Systems in all new build properties and all converted properties. The Welsh Assembly had the courage to do it, why cannot we?
Our move to get this onto the Political Agenda with Central Government is supported by all Fire & Rescue Personnel across the Country and of course the British Automatic Sprinkler Association (Stewart Kidd Secretary General) who I have been speaking to in recent weeks. If fitted they would certainly reduce fire damage to properties and they would save lives of that there is no doubt, I would therefore urge all readers to sign up to the e-petition and make their views known. Please do it today, you could make a real difference to Community Fire Safety in your Town.”
You can access the petition at: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52787