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In the last few months, housing

has been in the news for all

the wrong reasons. Like the

rest of the country, I was

horrified to see pictures of the

fire that took hold of Grenfell

Tower in mid-June.

Amid this tragedy, I have been

struck by the compassion of

people and how community spirit

makes a powerful difference. It

has also underpinned the

responsibility we have towards

keeping our residents safe, which

we take very seriously.

I would like to reassure you that

at emh homes, fire safety is

paramount. You can read about

the stringent measures in

place to prevent fire in your

home on the right of this page.

In other news, we would like to

share with you the opening of

a very special residential

development in Leicester,

and the Queen’s birthday

present to our group Chief

Executive, Chan Kataria. We

have also been recognised for

our hard work with several

award wins!

As ever, there are

announcements and

notifications of upcoming

activities and how you

can get involved and

make your voice heard.

So, until I see you again

later in the year: keep safe

and look after one


Chris Ashton

Executive Director (Housing)

Following the Grenfell Tower

fire, we would like to reassure

our residents that we have

stringent fire prevention

measures in place and are

compliant with all statutory


We do not own or manage any

properties that are clad in the

ACM (Aluminium Composite

Material) that had a major

contribution to the spread of

the fire at Grenfell tower, nor do

we have any high-rise buildings

defined as tower blocks.

We have never had a fatal fire in

one of our properties.

We conduct fire risk

assessments on our 300

multi-occupancy schemes on a

block by block basis, and all have

fire alarms which we service

every six months.

In the last edition of echo we told

you about our new partnership

with Derbyshire Fire and Rescue,

which is stronger than ever and

helps us maintain consistent and

balanced fire and safety


We continue to receive the

latest advice on fire safety and

you will be notified immediately

if any of this affects you.

Please check our website for full

details of our stringent fire

safety measures.

If you have any concerns about

fire risks in your home, please

contact our Customer Service

Centre on 0300 123 6000 or


Welcome to your Summer edition

of echo, the magazine for all

emh homes residents.




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