Letter: What price on human life?

Date published: 20 November 2017

Dear Editor,

Can you ever put a price on human life?

I, along with most, would have said not; apparently the government disagrees.

There can be no other explanation for their stubborn refusal to commit to retrofitting sprinkler systems in tower blocks such as our Seven Sisters.

We do have partial sprinkler systems in them, but they only cover the bin areas and rubbish chutes.

How many more tragedies such as Grenfell and similar fatal fires in Camberwell and Southampton will we have to suffer before government listen?

Worryingly coroners in both the Camberwell and Southampton fires clearly recommended that sprinklers should be fitted in all such buildings as a matter of urgency.

The Camberwell blaze was in 2009, Southampton the following year, hence my concern that nothing seems to be getting done.

It hardly seems fair that it is us, the council and the borough’s residents, who will pick up the pieces if we suffer a similar fate to that which struck Grenfell.

The government do not seem that concerned.

I think we can all guess why this would be the case.


Councillor Richard Farnell
Leader of Rochdale Borough Council

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