Portsmouth MP calls on government to help fund tower block safety work

Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson outside Horatia House in Portsmouth. Picture Malcolm Wells

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Leamington House in Portsmouth as hundreds of residents are told there is a structural weakness in the concrete. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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THE MP for Portsmouth South is calling on the government to help Portsmouth City Council with the scale and cost of making Leamington House and Horatia House safe.

By spring 2019, all residents living in both of the city tower blocks will have to leave their homes, after reports on the structures of both buildings showed weaknesses in the concrete used to construct them.

Stephen Morgan MP

Stephen Morgan MP

Fears have been raised over the buildings’ abilities to absorb shock from a major incident like a gas explosion.

Stephen Morgan MP, said: ‘What is crucial now is that the government steps up and assists the council with the scale and cost of this project.

‘I’ll be seeking government backing and support on behalf of residents.’

He added: ‘I have been fully briefed on the programme by the council’s senior management team and will remain updated as it progresses.

‘I’ve already made a number of suggestions regarding support for families affected.

‘If any residents have any doubts at all about what they should be doing or what will be happening I urge them to contact the council using the dedicated email or helpline.’

Structural reports on both the tower blocks unveiled weaknesses in the concrete used to construct them, casting doubts over the high-rises’ ability to absorb shock from a major incident like a gas explosion.

Portsmouth City Council has answered a series of questions about what exactly is wrong with both tower blocks and the risk of any explosions.