Broomhall tower residents concerned about “cover up” two years after Grenfell

Residents of Hanover Tower in Broomhall have expressed fears about a “cover up” over the fire safety of the property.

In 2016, it was reported that the tower has the same type of cladding as Grenfell, and the block later failed a fire safety test.

Speaking to JUS News, one resident, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s been going on and on and on.

“There are plenty of children and families that live in this building.

“It’s the same company doing the repairs that made mistakes in the first place.”

This comes as councillors in Sheffield demand the government funds replacement cladding and does more on fire safety at Hanover Tower in Broomhall.

Almost two years on from the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London, which saw 72 people killed, residents of the Sheffield property have still not had their homes fully updated to safety standards.

Private residents are also thought to have been left uncertain about the fire safety of their homes.

Councillor Rob Murphy, Green Councillor for City Ward, said: “We now know that, despite concerns raised about fire safety at the time the cladding was installed in 2012, someone authorised a switch from the original, aluminium cladding on Hanover Tower to a flammable version.

“The council has confirmed it has not sought to recover any money from the contractor but has refused to say who it thinks is at fault. The investigation is still ‘ongoing’.”

Sheffield City Council said it should be able to have the new £4 million cladding sheets fitted soon.