Scottish government refuses to reveal addresses of buildings with Grenfell coating amid fears they could be set on fire


Fears have been raised after the Scottish government refused to reveal the location of buildings with deadly combustible liner.

Housing activists have requested information on the addresses of buildings and properties in Scotland which have used hazardous materials in their construction under freedom of information laws.


Scottish government refuses to reveal addresses of buildings with Grenfell coatingCredit: Reuters

However, their request was refused by the government, which fears the sites will be set on fire.

Buildings could be in danger after the Grenfell Apartments fire in London in 2017, which left 72 people dead.

But officials said it was not in the public interest to post addresses for the site that have the unsafe coating, and that the location was provided on a confidential basis.

In their most recent response, officials said revealing the locations could put the lives of landlords and tenants at risk.

According to Daily check-in, The Scottish Government said: ‘Disclosure would undermine the protection of an individual’s right to privacy and increase the likelihood of risks causing significant harm.

Likewise, there is a security risk resulting from vandalism and fires in buildings if their locations are disclosed.

“Such an activity can also have an impact on neighboring buildings and present an additional risk to life. “

The government launched the Unique Building Assessment Program to help identify buildings with the hazardous coating earlier this year.

The Sunday Mail then revealed that inspections had taken place on around 25 high-rise buildings in August.

Of these 25, 16 are in Glasgow, eight in Edinburgh and one in Aberdeen.

But a total of 393 buildings across Scotland are known to have high pressure combustible laminate.

This includes 95 towers as well as 27 colleges or universities and 244 public schools.

Nine private schools, seven nursing homes, five hospitals, five hotels and one prison have also reported having the highly flammable coating across Scotland.

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Sean Clerkin, Campaigns Coordinator for the Scottish Tenants Organization, said: “The public has a right to know which buildings are unsafe. “

A Scottish government spokesperson said:

“To protect the privacy of residents, who have requested that their information be protected, we will not provide the exact addresses of properties currently involved in the Single Building Assessment Program, but we have provided the local authority area.

“Requests to participate in the program came from homeowner associations or representatives on their behalf. Additionally, once funding is secured for a one-time building appraisal, homeowners are notified that they are part of the SBA process.

“To date £ 97.1million has been secured for this work program, we are awaiting further consequences from the UK government. “

Only last year fears were expressed about the potential for a ‘Scottish Grenfell’ as it emerged that we are the only UK country not to ban combustible materials in high risk buildings.

The Scottish government has been urged to follow the lead of Wales and England in closing a loophole that allows the use of hazardous materials in the construction of towers and domestic properties.

Schools across Scotland have liner used in Grenfell Tower which was hit by hell that left at least 80 dead

And SNP ministers have been criticized for failing to commit funds to remove potentially dangerous coatings and insulation from high-rise buildings, as has been done in Westminster, reports the temperature.

Jim Glockling of the Fire Protection Association, the UK’s fire safety organization, says the lack of legislation has undermined efforts to secure buildings.

He told the Holyrood local government committee: “In all of the guidelines we produce, including the Twelve Commandments of Safe Buildings, the first commandment is to limit the combustible composition of a building.

“The benefits don’t just relate to the issues we’re talking about; the benefits of selecting for non-combustibility work throughout the life of the building.

“We always say poor insulation is a problem. We say maintenance is a problem. We are talking about wear and tear and destruction over the course of life.

“A lot of these issues become irrelevant when you have a selection of non-combustible materials, because then buildings are less susceptible to all of these issues over time. “

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