HOUSING bosses are stripping out potentially dangerous screens on stairwell landings of local tower blocks in a major £2.5m investment scheme.

The existing screens are being replaced in the 13 multi-storey blocks managed by River Clyde Homes across Inverclyde.

All high flats will be upgraded with smoke alarms and sprinkler systems to increase fire safety, following the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London in 2017.

The housing association wrote to tenants to advise them of the upgrades.

Work has been carried out at Regent Court this week, pictured.

Housing chiefs say the existing screens did meet building regulations when installed, but the work is to ensure that they meet the standards brought in subsequently.

Brian Hughes, senior programme manager, said: “High rise living remains a popular choice in Inverclyde and this work, to install fire rated landing area screens, forms part of a major £2.5m investment programme to enhance safety across the multi-storey estate.

"The works also include the installation of smoke detection systems in all communal areas, upgrading of communal doors, lighting and installation of sprinkler systems in bin room areas is being carried out following as part of an ongoing improvement programme to ensure customer safety.

“All customers have been informed of works taking place in their homes as the programme progresses.

"Once complete the 13 multi-storey blocks managed by River Clyde Homes will be amongst some of the most safety compliant in Scotland.”