Public sign Hanley petition to install sprinklers in city’s tower blocks

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Members of the public have signed a petition to urge city council chiefs to install sprinklers and make tower blocks safer following the death of Zainab Adam and her 6-year-old daughter, Tafaoul Fadoul.

The Socialist Party has been in Hanley encouraging people to sign a petition asking the Stoke-on-Trent City Council to install the sprinklers in all tower blocks.

The petition has had more than 1,500 signatures.

Public signing petition

The public show their support by signing the petition.

Andy Bentley, 64, a member of the party, said: “We want the Stoke-on-Trent City Council to name the date when they will start installing sprinklers in all the flats.

“How many people could potentially die in the next five years whilst they’re waiting for sprinklers to be installed?”

He also described sprinklers as being more ‘cost effective’.

James Halliwbell, 66, from Kidsgrove, said: “It needs to be done and it needs to be done now.”

Hanley Park and Shelton Councillor Amjid Wazir said the council is “on its toes, alert and are doing its best” to ensure tower blocks are safe.

A spokesperson for the Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “We have received a proposal to further enhance fire safety measures in our council flats.

“As a result of this, in line with legal requirements we will begin a procurement process to appoint specialist contractors.

“We anticipate completing this early in the New Year and work commencing during the spring of 2018.

“Our general approach will be to prioritise work on the council’s high-rise properties and then move to low rise flats over a three-year period.”

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