FIREFIGHTERS and residents have uncovered a raft safety breaches in council blocks on the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates.
The fire brigade issued Hammersmith and Fulham Council with an enforcement notice in December last year but residents conducted an inspection of five blocks on the estate last month and found 62 deficiencies, including broken or missing door handles and missing signs.
The council says it has implemented improvements since the notice, but neighbours say work hasn't been done quick enough and that they fear for their safety.
Resident and former borough mayor Charlie Treloggan said: "The council just does not care about us."
The fire brigade discovered a number of deficiencies in Fairburn House, including the council's failure to provide sufficient measures to prevent fire, a lack of clear emergency escape routes and poorly maintained fire equipment, which must be fixed by next week.
The authority has been given until August next year to carry out the rest of the works but residents say they have found faults in four other blocks and they have accused the authority of failing to take their safety seriously.
Mr Treloggan, who was a Labour councillor between 1997-2006, said the faults were typical of how the authority has let the estates, which are threatened with destruction, run down.
The 87-year-old, who has lived there since the 1970s, said: "The council has no interest in these blocks and no interest in social housing. We weren't even told about the enforcement notice.
"I'm angry that it's taken so long and upset there's been no communication."
Mr Treloggan, who said there was a fire in the block only last year, added residents have now written to the borough's fire safety commander asking the brigade to put pressure on the council to speed up repairs.
A council spokesman said: "The safety of our residents is this council’s primary concern and we work hand-in-hand with the fire brigade to ensure all our blocks comply with the very strictest of safety standards.
"The council has now carried out a whole raft of fire safety improvements from the first floor to the tenth floor at Fairburn House and Churchward House. Further improvements to the ground floors of both blocks are planned, and will be completed as a matter of urgency.
"During the last year, we have become one of the only local authorities in London to have carried out fire risk assessments to all of our blocks. A programme to address items identified has been produced and £1.7million set aside in this year's budget to finance the work."