British Conservatives threaten Grenfell disaster survivors with eviction


This 19 June 2017 video from London, England says about itself:

Grenfell Tower inferno‘s neighbouring tower is BAD

This is a look at the tower next door to the Grenfell Tower called Whitstable Tower. It has only one firehose in the whole block which is locked, two gas pipes that run up alongside the only fire escape. This building has no cladding but is still a death trap …

The guys who showed me around were worried that if their faces were shown they could be evicted for whistle blowing.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Grenfell Tower survivors threatened with eviction

MAHAD Egal, Jamie Murray and their two young children, who survived the Grenfell Tower fire, like so many others have still not been permanently re-housed by the council, and not only have they spent the last two years in temporary accommodation they now face eviction!

Kensington and Chelsea Council claim that the temporary accommodation they are living in is ‘no longer suitable’ and have demanded that the family is moved – not into a permanent home but into yet more temporary accommodation. The couple had previously been offered a permanent home but it had aluminium casing round the windows.

Understandably Egal and Murray refused it, as it was Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) cladding which was responsible for the rapid spread of the fire up the side of Grenfell Tower, a fire that claimed the lives of 72 men, women and children.

The council claim the aluminium material is not flammable, however, Murray insisted: ‘We were given similar reassurances when we lived in Grenfell Tower. The council are talking about physical safety, but you telling me that I am safe does not make me feel safe.’

She added that the stress of their present situation had caused her to experience vomit-inducing anxiety and made her flashbacks worse. In the last two weeks she says she has also suffered a miscarriage.

The family added that moving from one property to another with two children would be ‘stressful and unnecessary’ and Egal is reporting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

They said the next time they move, they want it to be their permanent ‘forever’ home. The couple say they are now effectively being evicted from their current temporary accommodation, and they fear going out in case they are not allowed back in. Egal said that ‘every day from now on is a potential eviction day’ and he fears the effect it will have on their children.

Local Labour MP Emma Dent Coad said the council sees some Grenfell survivors as ‘troublesome’ and wants to ‘clear the decks’ before the second anniversary of the tragedy on 14 June. She said there is ‘no culture change’ at the council, and she can see no justification ‘at all’ for wanting to move the family from their temporary accommodation.

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  4. Wednesday, 24 April 2019

    No fire cover at night in Surrey!

    FBU leader MATT WRACK surrounded by firefighters fighting station closures – ten have already been shut in London

    SURREY County Council has announced shocking plans to shut three fire stations at night, axe 70 firefighters’ jobs and halve the fire cover at four other stations, putting Surrey residents’ lives in serious jeopardy.

    How will vulnerable residents of Surrey be able to sleep at night knowing that there is no fire cover? Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has already experienced brutal cuts, with 131 firefighter positions slashed between 2010 and 2018 – a 17% reduction in the workforce. Proposals to cut a further 70 firefighters would lead to a total 22% reduction since 2010.

    The cuts would also see drastic reductions to fire cover at night, resulting in a significant slowing of emergency response times. Last year, 75% of fire deaths occurred on the nightshift between 18:00 and 09:00.

    Egham, Painshill and Banstead fire stations will now close at 18:00, while fire cover at Guildford, Woking, Camberley, and Spelthorne would be cut in half during the same period.

    The fire authority’s draft Equality Impact Assessment reveals:
    • 45% of those killed in Surrey fires were 70 or older between 2008 and 2018, despite only making up 14% of the population.
    • 7 of the 16 killed in fires had mobility issues that affected their ability to escape the fire between 2006 and 2012.
    Lee Belsten, FBU Surrey Brigade Secretary, said: ‘After years of austerity, Surrey firefighters are already fighting an uphill battle to keep the public safe. Residents and firefighters are crying out – these cuts cannot go ahead. We cannot let vulnerable people pay the ultimate price for the council’s complacency.’
    • Residents of Braithwaite House in Islington are demanding that after the flammable cladding was removed from their tower block, that the council invest in a new fire escape and sprinkler system instead of spending money on building new homes.

    Islington Town Hall is consulting on plans to build 42 new homes around Braithwaite House and on top of nearby Quaker Court. Susie Lukes, who lives on the 17th floor of the 19-storey 1960s building, said: ‘The council said no to fire escapes and yet they have money to build more houses. I am not against some kind of regeneration, but we don’t feel heard. The council seem to be more keen to sell off our podium than they are to get our flats safe.’

    https://wrp.org.uk/news/15344

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