Milton Keynes Council to address cladding scandal as residents report feeling "trapped"

The Progressive Alliance on Milton Keynes Council say that they will address the cladding scandal at Full Council this month.

Councillors are pledging to support residents’ fight against cladding scandal as high rise residential buildings in Milton Keynes, mainly in the city centre, have been deemed ‘unsafe’ due to the type of cladding that has been used.

Local residents living in these buildings have reported feeling “trapped” and unable to sell their properties, while also at risk of facing hefty bills for remediation works.

Ben Nolan, Labour Councillor for Central Milton Keynes Ward, will be moving a motion on Fire Safety and Support for Residents on 20th October.

Ben said: “The Government has set aside £5bn as part of the Building Safety Fund to make high rise buildings safe for millions of concerned residents across the country. This is not anywhere near enough.

"Independent estimates say it could cost as much as £15bn and we need reassurance that all buildings will be covered by this.

“I’ve been contacted by so many people who are living through awful uncertainty, unable to sell their flats and with no idea if they could be landed with bills running into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Ordinary people have done nothing wrong, and it is unacceptable that they are being left in limbo like this.”

The motion will also highlight the Council’s support for the Justice4Grenfell campaign, the End Our Cladding Scandal campaign, and support residents in their fight to be protected from unfair costs.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Jenni Ferrans (Monkston Ward) added: “The Progressive Alliance believes that the current system is flawed. That is why we are requesting the Leader of Milton Keynes Council writes to the new Secretary of State for Housing to highlight our concerns.”