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Fire Safety in Edinburgh

I thank you for giving me this opportunity to provide you with an insight into my role within the Council.  For those of you who don’t know me my name is Alexander Burns and I am the Manager for Housing Property which brought together two separate areas of our business Edinburgh Building Services (EBS) and Housing Asset Management (HAM) into one unified team through our transformation review.

My role entails leading a large, complex organisation responsible for the delivery of services to approximately 20,000 tenants and a further 25,000 leasehold owners. Delivering a high quality service to agreed standards with functions ranging from routine maintenance and repairs to major capital investment improvement programmes, to areas of specialism such as gas and lifts maintenance and servicing.

The past few months have seen a considerable focus upon fire safety in Council tower blocks following the tragedy of the Grenfell Fire in London.

I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the further action that the Council has taken to review fire safety arrangements and reassure residents that their safety is our top priority.

The Council carried out joint inspections alongside the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, providing reassurance to residents and ensuring that any issues were picked up on-the-spot.

Following the publication of a special fire safety edition of the Tenants’ Courier, the Council’s tenant newsletter, we wrote to every tower block resident to update them on the steps the Council has taken to ensure they continue to feel safe in their homes.

I, along with members of my team have jointly attended several residents’ meetings over the last couple of months with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, to provide information and advice, and to answer any queries relating to fire safety.

We have had a positive response to our proposals to set up a Fire Safety Tenants’ and Residents’ Panel, with interest from a range of residents from different parts of the city.  If you would like to be involved in the Fire Safety Tenants’ and Residents’ Panel or would like more information, please phone 0131 529 7172 or email [email protected].

We are committed to protecting the health, safety and welfare of our employees, third parties and tenants and residents of the city.

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