Waking Watches and London’s Boroughs

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 24th May 2022.

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Photo of Anne Clarke Anne Clarke Labour

Please provide a borough-by-borough breakdown of the number of buildings operating waking watches in London. Please also breakdown the numbers for buildings over 18m and under 18m in each borough.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

London Fire Brigade (LFB) collects data for buildings with a temporary suspension of ‘stay put’ where an interim simultaneous evacuation strategy has been put in place. This includes, but is not limited to, waking watches, which the National Fire Chiefs Council guidance defines as a system where ‘suitably trained persons continually patrol all floors and the exterior perimeter of the building in order to detect a fire, raise the alarm, and carry out the role of evacuation management’. Residential buildings with an interim simultaneous evacuation strategy in place could have personnel on site or a remote monitoring system, this is determined by the Responsible Person with guidance from a competent fire safety professional.

The figures can change on a daily basis when interim measures are required, or a building is remediated and no longer requires the interim measures. The number of buildings where an interim simultaneous evacuation strategy has been put in place, as of 13th May 2022, are presented by borough and by height in the table below.

Local Authority

Total blocks

Over 18 metres

Under 18 metres

Barking and Dagenham

23

15

8

Barnet

23

16

7

Bexley

3

3

0

Brent

51

33

18

Bromley

4

2

2

Camden

35

30

5

City of London

3

2

1

Croydon

36

21

15

Ealing

20

12

8

Enfield

3

2

1

Greenwich

73

63

10

Hackney

87

69

18

Hammersmith and Fulham

11

9

2

Haringey

18

12

6

Harrow

4

3

1

Havering

14

8

6

Hillingdon

16

10

6

Hounslow

21

15

6

Islington

63

33

30

Kensington and Chelsea

20

11

9

Kingston upon Thames

4

4

0

Lambeth

51

36

15

Lewisham

47

31

16

Merton

4

3

1

Newham

72

67

5

Redbridge

12

10

2

Richmond

1

1

0

Southwark

94

72

22

Sutton

25

7

18

Tower Hamlets

165

153

12

Waltham Forest

24

24

0

Wandsworth

30

25

5

Westminster

43

40

3

Total

1100

842

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