Sprinklers

Wandsworth Council wants to install sprinklers in all tower blocks of 10 or more storeys.

Before the Council begins, it is asking the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) who should pay for this in the case of Leasehold properties – the council or Leaseholders. Because the Conservative government won’t foot the bill, each Leaseholder could be presented with a bill in the region of £3,000 to £4,000

We support the installation of sprinklers for residents who want them, but we don’t think it’s fair that Leasehold residents will be forced to pay, or Tenants have them imposed, without the Council properly consulting them. We think residents should make their own decision on a block by block basis and want the Council to give priority to all other aspects of fire safety in Council managed homes.

We are calling on Wandsworth Council to conduct a meaningful consultation process so residents can make their own decision on a block by block basis about whether they want sprinklers.

Next Steps

There are a few ways you can have your say in this process:

1 – Reply to the Tribunal 

If you are a Leaseholder, you should have received a form to send back to the Tribunal by 7th September 2018. You are asked to tell the Judge if you 1) want to be involved in the proceedings and/or 2) you wish to attend a “case management hearing” which is scheduled for 27th September 2018. If you are a Tenant you will not have received a letter – the FTT is only looking at who should pay.

Download the form here.

2 – Sign our petition 

We are calling on Wandsworth Council to conduct a meaningful consultation process so residents can make their own decision on a block by block basis about whether they want sprinklers. Click here to sign.

3 – Show the council you object to their plans 

Protest before the next Housing Committee meeting, join us at 6.30pm on September 13 at Wandsworth Town Hall.

4 – Contact a local Labour councillor for more information and assistance regarding sprinkler imposition:
 
Latchmere: Kate Stock
St Mary’s Park: Emily Wintle
Queenstown: Maurice McLeod
Roehampton, Southfields and Thamesfield: Claire Gilbert
West Hill: Angela Ireland
Tooting and Wandsworth Comon: Paul White email: cllr.p.white@wandsworth.gov.uk
 
Councillors to contact in regard of First Tier Tribunal:
 
Battersea: Kate Stock cllr.k.stock@wandsworth.gov.uk
Putney and Tooting: Claire Gilbert cllr.c.gilbert@wandsworth.gov.uk