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Statement regarding the Ledbury Estate in Peckham

Published: Friday, 11th August 2017

Following the news from Southwark Council that they are turning off the gas supply at four of their tower blocks at the Ledbury Estate in Peckham, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and South Essex Homes are reassuring their own residents regarding the local situation.

Cllr Mark Flewitt, Executive Councillor for Housing, says: “Whilst most of the tower blocks in Southend-on-Sea were built using a different construction method to those in Peckham, the three Balmoral tower blocks were built using the panel construction method.  

“However, we want to reassure residents that these buildings (Grampian, Blackdown and Brecon), were built in 1971 and 1972 and after the Ronan Point tragedy and the subsequent changes to building regulations which stipulated stronger structural measures if this construction method was used.

“We also want to emphasise that these blocks are totally electric and do not have any gas supply.  South Essex Homes have a running programme of surveying our medium and high rise blocks and in 2004 an independent report raised no structural concerns at the Balmoral blocks. 

“In addition to this, further structural surveys are taking place at the Balmoral flats in September as part of this rolling programme.”