Fire safety an issue at Residence Primrose hostel again

Primrose fire haz full Hostels are an important part of the social housing market in London.  With a lot of people crammed into a small space, fire safety is important.  So these pictures of an improvised fire escape made out of scaffold poles with flammable rubbish dumped onto it are not good.  At Residence Primrose 1 Kember Street, you can see clearly at least one mattress and a wooden bed frame on the fire escape.  I reported it to the Council yesterday who are going to send someone around straight away.

This is the scond time we have covered this behaviour at Residence Primrose, 1 Kember Street just off the Cally Road.  In 2006 the dumping was even worse – you can see pictures at this link.  The council inspected it then and the rubbish was cleared.  Although it is a mystery to me how this temporary scaffolding fire escape passes muster year after year, 

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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4 Responses to Fire safety an issue at Residence Primrose hostel again

  1. Sophie Talbot says:

    The property should be covered by the houses in multiple occupation (HMO) legislation requiring the landlord to have a license and the property subject to specific fire safety legislation I think…. Hopefully Camden’s environmental health department should be onto it… I don’t know if the stats have changed massively but until just a few years ago three people a week were killed in fires in HMOs – a national scandal.

  2. Paul Convery says:

    I have now requested a full safety inspection by Environmental Health and a check of their licence. Building Control will also undertake a further assessment of the fire escape’s compliance with regulations.

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