TEN privately-owned housing blocks across the BCP conurbation still have non-compliant cladding or insulation systems.

While BCP Council leaders said the local authority is working with the responsible property owners, it would not confirm which residential buildings remained in breach of current regulations.

More than three-and-a-half years on from the Grenfell Tower fire, there remains blocks up and down the country that are covered in cladding which does not comply to safety standards.

As reported, BCP Council members signed off on £3.8million of funding to reclad the two blocks it owns at Sterte Court in Poole.

However, there are still privately-owned sites over 18 metres in height yet to remedy their respective issues.

Councillor Robert Lawton, BCP Council portfolio holder for homes, said: “BCP Council owns two high-rise blocks that have a cladding system and approval has been gained to fund the removal of the current cladding.

“The works will replace the current cladding with a new system that is compliant with technical and legal requirements, remove the current fire risks presented by the cladding and remove the need for other ongoing mitigation actions currently in place.”

Remedial and preparatory work by contractors at Sterte Court is under way, said Cllr Lawton. “The contractor is commencing remedial work and preparing the site for the removal and replacement of the cladding.

He added: “The council’s private sector housing enforcement team are undertaking ongoing work to establish the nature of the cladding and insulation systems on all high rise blocks above 18 metres across Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole.

“At present 10 blocks in the BCP area have been identified as having non-compliant cladding and/or insulation systems. We are working with the responsible property owners to remediate the issues identified in a timely manner, however where informal interventions do not yield compliance, enforcement action will be taken.”

Last week, housing secretary Robert Jenrick MP announced a five-point plan in an attempt to reassure homeowners, along with a further £3.5billion to fully find the cost of replacing unsafe cladding for all leaseholders in residential buildings 18 metres (6 storeys) and over in England.

Mr Jenrick said: "This is a comprehensive plan to remove unsafe cladding, support leaseholders, restore confidence to this part of the housing market and ensure this situation never arises again."

Bournemouth East MP Tobias Ellwood told the Daily Echo: "I'm pleased the funding has finally come forward and do we need to expedite the removal of the sub-standard cladding as soon as possible."

Mr Ellwood said the situation with private blocks had been difficult, with the challenge of preventing the prohibitive costs being handed down to the tenants, who would not be able to afford it.