A number one college is dealing with questions after a whole bunch of scholars have been advised they have been being relocated to various lodging on account of unspecified “fireplace security considerations”.
Authorities at King’s Faculty London despatched out emails and letters on Monday to college students dwelling in halls of residence within the centre of the town, informing them that potential fireplace security considerations had been recognized which required additional investigation.
No element was given in regards to the nature of the considerations, which relate to the Maple block of residences. Nonetheless, college students have been advised investigations have been additionally vital at three different blocks – Beech, Oak and Rowan – as they’ve the identical building as Maple block.
“To make sure this work will be carried out safely, we should transfer you to various lodging,” stated the college correspondence, which gave college students till 16 January to resolve whether or not they want to transfer to various halls of residence or hire privately.
Students expressed anger at receiving the sudden information firstly of a brand new time period, complaining that some had discovered hours earlier than sitting exams that they must transfer out.
King’s had confronted criticism final yr when it was reported that a whole bunch of freshers had been turned away from lodging after the college overbooked them. A quantity got lodging in Stratford, east London, whereas others have been relocated to inns in London.
A King’s Faculty London spokesperson stated: “We’ve recognized some potential fireplace security considerations at Maple that want additional investigation at these residences to grasp the extent of any danger and any remedial works. There was no incident and now we have sturdy present fireplace security provision in place, however as a way to be sure that works will be carried out safely and effectively we should transfer residents earlier than we are able to begin.”
Compensation and in depth assist and assist throughout the deliberate relocation was being provided, based on the spokesperson, who added that the college can be making use of King’s scholar lodging and companions throughout London.
The college declined to reply questions in regards to the nature of the hearth danger, what number of college students have been affected and the timing.
One student told the Tab, a youth information website: “I’ve simply had a month and a half off once I could possibly be in search of flats and lodging. I’ve began a brand new time period right this moment with new lessons, it’s very worrying.
“Some persons are sitting exams, my classmates discovered two hours earlier than their examination that they’ve to maneuver out.”