Break down of the figures for the Black Country high rise -17074A

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A request for information about break down the figures for the Black Country high rise – 17074A

Ref: FOI/17074A

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested on 7th August 2017.

Please find below a summary of our findings.

Request

I was just hoping to get a bit more detail regarding the high-rise block locations please. You have listed figures for high-rise blocks in Wolverhampton and the Black Country, but Wolverhampton is in the Black Country so it makes it a bit confusing as this could mean the figures overlap.

Could you please break down the figures for the Black Country – in the three categories you have provided the figures for (high rise blocks, other premises and cladding failures) – so they are listed under the four Black Country boroughs of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton instead if possible?

Reply

Black Country High rise

5 in Sandwell

3 Wolverhampton

Black Country Other Premises

1 Wolverhampton

1 Wolverhampton

1 Sandwell

Of the above properties have failed cladding tests in Black Country boroughs as follows:-

2 Oldbury

2 West Bromwich

1 Wolverhampton

Request

Also how would you define ‘other premises’, as opposed to ‘high rise blocks’?

Reply

Any other building that is not a high rise residential building would be defined as other premises.

Request

Ten days ago a colleague requested the addresses and boroughs of the six buildings that failed inspections

Reply

This information is exempted under Section 38 as inappropriate disclosure of the information would be likely to endanger the physical and/or mental health and safety of individuals. The reason for my decision is as follows:

  • Currently local authorities and landlords are submitting samples to the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and in conjunction with the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
  • The results will be shared with local authorities and housing associations so that they can communicate with their residents first and provide a level of reassurance and safety advice.
  • Pre-emptive information without context about affected buildings if disclosed into the public domain would be likely to cause widespread panic and anxiety and therefore affect the health and well-being of residents or service users in other buildings.
  • I have attached correspondence from the DCLG entitled “GOVERNMENT BUILDING SAFETY PROGRAMME – UPDATE AND ADVICE FOR BUILDING OWNERS ON LARGE SCALE TESTING”. In Section 18, the advice from DCLG is for the owners to implement the interim fire safety measures.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/631069/20170720_Explanatory_note_on_large_scale_testing_FINAL.pdf

You will also not that under Section 13 of the correspondence above, the DCLG will be making the information publicly available so the information that you have requested is exempt under Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act as it is marked for future publication.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications. If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision please write to The Public Relations Department, West Midlands Fire Service, 99 Vauxhall Road, Birmingham, B7 4HW

Further information concerning Freedom of Information requests can be found on the Information Commissioner website at either the following link: https://ico.org.uk/ or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

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