FIRE safety in Winchester City Council properties is not a concern, according to officers.

A cabinet meeting on June 24 heard that not a single council-owned property uses the same cladding as Grenfell Tower.

Cllr Kelsie Learney also said that most blocks of flats are only three stories high, which keeps the risk of a fatal fire low.

"The tragic Grenfell fire focused our minds on the importance of fire safety," she said.

"Thankfully, none of our buildings use the cladding that has been dangerous. Fire surveys have been carried out all over our area and the results are encouraging."

The council has set out a four-year plan to replace fire doors across the district to ensure optimum safety.

Former leader Cllr Caroline Horrill questioned whether this plan was too long-term.

She said: "It's good to see that as an administration, we are taking steps to ensure fire safety rather than waiting to be told what to do.

"However, I have to ask if four years is too long – surely if we have the cash we can take action more quickly?

"We know that doors are key to maintaining the integrity of existing fire escape routes."

Property services manager Andrew Kingston responded: "None of the doors are at a high risk and need replacing immediately. Four years is the most efficient period of time.

"There are a few doors that are slightly above low risk and these will be changed within the first year. But the rest are very low risk and we believe the time allocated is appropriate."

Cabinet members unanimously approved all recommendations, which will see the council fire safety budget doubled to £2 million.

This budget was set out for 2019 to 2021, so it is likely some money has already been spent.