2 thoughts on “Grenfell Tower area Conservatives, London’s worst local authority

  1. Thursday 3rd August 2017

    posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

    Kensington and Chelsea council sell off old people’s home

    LEADERS of disgraced Kensington & Chelsea Council were accused of “selling off the family silver” yesterday over the private redevelopment of a care home site a stone’s throw from the swish Kings Road.

    Kensington & Chelsea Residents Save Our Hospitals campaigners said it showed nothing is safe from demolition or regeneration by the council.

    The authority has granted permission for the demolition of Thamesbrook, a council-run “extra care” home rated “good” by the Care Quality Commission prior to its closure in 2013.

    It will be replaced by a new privately run facility with a cinema, gallery, private dining and a chauffeur service that campaigners say will be exclusively for the wealthy.

    South African property company Auriens will develop 55 1- or 2-bedroom sheltered apartments where residents will purchase their lease for £2.5 million and buy into a care package provided a private nursing firm as part of the terms of their lease.

    Campaigners and residents have slammed the council for selling off a vital public service for a developer to sell on the open market, helping create a service based on ability to pay and continuing the social cleansing of the area.

    Opposition councillor Linda Wade has asked if it is appropriate for the freeholder of the site to also be the body that grants planning permission and has questioned how much money the cash-obsessed Tory council, all too eager to save money when it came to the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower, will pocket.

    “Just like North Kensington Library, Thamesbrook was set up to deliver services and benefits for our residents,” she said. “Not choosing to redevelop these sites to meet local needs is like selling off the family silver at a time when the council has nearly £280m in reserve.”

    A Save Our Hospitals spokeswoman told the Star: “Location, location, location is at the heart of the closure of the council’s Thamesbrook extra care home, with the new £2.5 million homes being exclusively for the wealthy.

    “Whether it is social housing, an extra care home, a nursery, a library, an iconic exhibition centre or a modern one, a beautiful cinema, a much loved school: nothing is safe from demolition or regeneration by the council.”

    The council had not responded to the Star’s request for comment at the time of going to press.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-681f-Nothing-is-safe-as-care-home-flogged#.WYRyOVFpwdU

  2. Friday, 4 August 2017

    SHODDY SAFETY MEASURES

    TOWER block tenants on Camden Council’s Chalcots estate in north London are angry at the ‘shoddy’ safety measures carried out since they were ordered to leave their homes at 24-hours notice following the Grenfell fire on 14th June.

    The 3,000 tenants of the four tower blocks on the Chalcots estate in Swiss Cottage, which are clad in the same combustible material used at Grenfell Tower, were ordered to leave their homes for fire safety work, and are now being ordered to return.

    Six weeks on the council says the urgent work has been done and signed off, but tenants say the work is shoddy and incomplete. One tenant showed a large gap at the bottom of his neighbour’s front door, saying: ‘I can get my entire hand under the front door and if your hand was a fire it’d be out in seconds’, instead of being kept in the flat.

    Non-slip strips across each of the stairs on the fire escape are there so you can see the steps, but these strips are so worn you can barely see them even in daylight. ‘Imagine what they’d be like when the lights are off. They are clearly not fit for purpose,’ said the tenant.

    Another tenant showed a mass of exposed electrical cables running out of her fuse box into a gaping hole in the ceiling and said the cables were covered by a council-contracted electrician using cardboard. A week ago the council told her re-boxing the cables properly was urgent safety work, but now she’s been told the work is superficial.

    • Justice4Grenfell (J4G) stated on Wednesday: ‘Seven weeks after the apocalyptic fire at Grenfell Tower, the majority of survivors and evacuated residents remain without housing, despite all assurances to the contrary.

    ‘The official Grenfell Response newsletter of 1st August 2017 contains stark figures demonstrating the scale of the failure. “So far, 174 offers of accommodation have been made, 45 offers have been accepted and 12 households have been rehoused.”

    ‘These figures are testament to the continuing misery and suffering people are enduring, people who’ve had such horrific and damaging experiences that even with exemplary care and rapid re-housing, it will take many years to recover.’

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/13512

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