A Highland MSP has secured a victory in his campaign to have fire sprinklers fitted in all new social housing in Scotland.
The Scottish Government confirmed yesterday that it would be taking forward the plan tabled by Labour’s David Stewart.
In the wake of the Grenfell Tower blaze, Mr Stewart proposed a member’s bill that would require newly-built social housing to install the systems.
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart confirmed that the government would make it a legal requirement.
Last night, David Stewart said: “Fire sprinklers have been proven time and time again to be effective in the fight against fire and I know that this move will save lives.
“The strong backing for the plans from the public, industry and across the parliamentary chamber has been so encouraging and I am delighted that the Scottish Government have seen the sense in these proposals and have decided to take them on.”
All new high-rise domestic buildings, whether private or social, with a floor over 59ft already must have automatic fire suppression systems fitted.
Kevin Stewart said: “I am very grateful to David Stewart for his work on bringing forward this important issue and gaining cross-party support for his proposal.
“I can confirm that the Scottish Government will implement the aim of Mr Stewart’s proposal and will bring forward legislation as soon as is practicable in this parliamentary session.”