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Ní Chuilín calls for assessment of timber-clad housing

25 September, 2019 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chulín has called on the Department of Communities and Housing Executive to take immediate action to assess the safety of timber-clad housing. 

The party’s Housing spokesperson wrote to the Housing Executive today following a number of serious fires in England related to timber-clad properties. 

The North Belfast MLA said: 

“Recent fires in England involving timber-cladding on buildings is deeply concerning and follow warnings from fire safety experts about untreated timber. 

“It’s unclear whether similar materials are currently in use here in the north. 

“I have written to the Department of Communities and the Housing Executive seeking clarity on what materials were used on properties. 

“Authorities have a responsibility to identify any buildings at risk and ensure the current regulation and inspection regime is fit for purpose and that the safety of householders is not being compromised.” 

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