Fears over 44 Islington buildings with potentially dangerous cladding

The tragic Grenfell Tower fire has led to national inquiries over similarly dangerous buildings

Islington Council has refused to reveal the location of 44 buildings being investigated over possible Grenfell-style flammable cladding because of the risk posed by arsonists and terrorists.

A spokesperson feared that in the “wrong hands” the information would leave residents vulnerable.

Not all councils have refused to reveal the location of the affected buildings and the security services are reported to be unaware of any specific terror threat.

The aluminium cladding system fitted to the west London tower block is believed to have contributed to the fire in June that killed 71 people.

Shingi, 37, who lives in a two-bedroom flat in Barnsbury, described the council’s decisions as “a real let down”.

“We need to know whether our lives are in danger or not. I’ve got a brother who lives nearby too, and I need to know if he’s in danger as well. It’s unfair,” she said.

Caroline, 64, who asked that her address not be revealed, criticised the council’s opacity.

She also said that, as a private tenant in a former local authority property, she feared being forced to contribute towards the cost of replacing the cladding.

“If we’re not told and it turns out my building has that cladding, I’m not paying for it to be changed. It’s not my responsibility.”

In a statement released shortly after last year’s fire, Islington Council said Grenfell-style cladding had been removed from Braithwaite House near Old Street, “the only high-rise council block in Islington confirmed to have some Aluminium Composite Material panels on the sides of the building”.

Housing minister Dominic Raab has said that across England, only seven of the 158 social housing blocks that failed cladding tests have been reclad.

Islington Council did not respond to a request for comment.