Andrew Stunell MP quizzed the Government in Parliament last week on the fire risk to timber framed houses, after 3 homes on Kennett Drive, Bredbury in his Hazel Grove constituency were burnt down in June of last year, injuring a firefighter.
Andrew called a debate and outlined his concerns, and pressed the Minister in charge of fire regulations to tighten up the rules for construction and checking similar timber framed homes across the country.
Commenting, Andrew said –
“Lisa Smart and I are working with the Fire Brigade and with the NHBC who supervised the Kennett Drive homes’ construction to make sure this really was an unfortunate one-off. But I also wanted to hear from the Minister that the rest of Britain’s million or so homes of the same type are safe.
He has agreed to carry out a full national review, and has asked for details of what went wrong here, and what recommendations the Fire Service want to see for future homes built using the same system.”
Lisa Smart, Prospective MP for Hazel Grove, said –
“What happened last June was devastating for the families involved, and for other residents in Kennett Drive. Residents are understandably worried that this could happen again if the right steps aren’t taken. When we met the NHBC we pressed them to carry out inspections of the other homes on the estate to make sure they really do have the fire precautions they should have. We must make sure this can’t happen again and provide that reassurance to residents.”
“Andrew and I will now continue to work with residents, the Fire Service, the NHBC and Government until we are satisfied that timber framed homes are safe for Stockport residents.”
In June last year, a fire broke out in an empty house on Kennett Drive, Bredbury. The fire spread to the two adjacent homes, all of which were of timber framed construction. Andrew Stunell MP called for a debate in Parliament to challenge whether fire regulations are in place, and adhered to, in timber framed houses prevent this from ever happening again.