Fire engulfs 27-storey London tower block

27 July 2015

Nottingdale Is Latest RBKC Regeneration Target

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/notting-dale-is-latest-rbkc-regeneration-target/

Grenfell Tower residents give shocking accounts of neglect and threats after repeatedly raising safety concerns

”One said: “We believe the council and the TMO have been really managing a decline in the social housing here to add justification to their plans to regenerate – another word for demolish – the whole area, so there are people who have been prophesying a catastrophe like this for some time.

“There’s no doubt the whole thing went up way too quickly for a block that has 500 people in it.”  Another added: “There’s two options they could either regenerate the blocks or they can knock them down.

“Regeneration that happened last year to apparently make these blocks better and then… these fires have never happened, I’ve lived here my entire life, my mum’s lived here a very long time, and these kind of things have never, ever happened in this area. I don’t know what they spent £10m on.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/grenfell-tower-residents-give-shocking-accounts-of-neglect-and-threats-after-repeatedly-raising-a3565051.html

GW: This happened 13 June 2017

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/816842/fire-london-lancaster-west-estate-police-firefighters-blaze-huge

MarieHodson
Grenfell Tower Still A Fire Risk
Posted on January 24, 2016 by grenfellactiongroup

It has been very clear for some time to the residents of Grenfell Tower that those responsible for ensuring the smooth running of Lancaster West Estate are failing in their duty of care and wilfully allowing our residential amenity to decline in unacceptable ways.

Nowhere is this better demonstrated than in our landlords failure to deal with a serious health and safety issue that recently developed at the entrance/exit to Grenfell Tower. This matter is of particular concern as there is only one entry and exit to Grenfell Tower during the Improvement Works and the potential for a fire to break out in the communal area on the walkway does not bear thinking about as residents would be trapped in the building with no way out!

In recent weeks TMO staff allowed a quantity of household ‘bulk’ rubbish to accumulate, including old mattresses, in the temporary entrance foyer of the tower. This accumulation constituted a potential fire risk and a danger to residents. The TMO area manager and her staff were slow to react and no-one had been bothered to organise the clearence of this rubbish.

It has to be said that residents should not be dumping rubbish in this manner, but because of the improvement works currently underway there is no elevator access to the ground level, leaving them with an awkward final descent through a narrow twisting stairwell. It would appear that that not all residents with bulk rubbish to dispose of are willing to take this task on, and we suspect that some are probably physically incapable of doing so. It is therefore vital that the caretaking staff take responsibility for ensuring that all such health and safety hazards are promptly dealt with. In this instance they clearly failed to do so, and there is no evidence that we can see of any timely intervention from the management team, who bear the ultimate responsibility for dealing with such issues. Our readers should also note that this is not the first occasion on which we have raised fire safety issues in the Grenfell Tower area with Siobhan Rumble, and that we have never received satisfactory responses from her, or any other TMO officer, on any previous occasion.

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/fire-safety-scandal-at-lancaster-west/

https://grenfellactiongroup.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/more-on-fire-safety/

One really has to wonder what Ms Rumble and her mates at the TMO get up to with their time. They certainly appear not to give a stuff about providing basic services or ensuring that health and safety rules are properly enforced! If ever any evidence was needed of the neglect and lack of care towards residents of Grenfell Tower by the TMO, then we believe that their inability to keep the entrance, in this case the only entrance and the only emergency exit, of a busy tower block clean and safe speaks volumes.

At time of posting this blog the accumulated rubbish had at last been cleared, but not before we had drawn it to the attention of Sacha Jevans, the Executive Director of Operations at the TMO, and Cllr Blakeman who represents the Notting Dale ward and sits on the TMO board. However, If the onsite staff at Lancaster West, from cleaning contractors and caretakers to office management, are so complacent that they can’t be trusted to deal promptly with such a public eyesore and health and safety hazard, then one has to wonder about the standard of health and safety scrutiny behind the scenes in hidden areas that are not so visible to the public.

Not for the first time we must ask how safe is Lancaster West, can staff be trusted to ensure it is safe, and what hidden fire risks might be lurking in Grenfell Tower or elsewhere on the estate?

UPDATE from IndiaLiveToday

”Grenfell Tower block had recently undergone a major £10 million refurbishment. Nick Paget-Brown, the leader of Kensington & Chelsea Council and Rock Fielding-Mellen the deputy visited the tower upon completion of the renovation last May.

The tower block was built in 1974 and contained 120 homes, managed by the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation on behalf of the council.”

http://www.indialivetoday.com/london-grenfell-tower-fire-burns-27-storey-building-several-feared-trapped/165997.html

Grenfell Tower Regeneration Newsletter December 2015

http://www.kctmo.org.uk/files/104130_kctmo_rydon_grenfell_tower_newsletter_december_2015.pdf

Interview With Director of Rydon, Responsible for Grenfell Tower Refurb | Good Morning Britain


Good Morning Britain
Published on Jun 14, 2017

Rydon Refurbishment Case Studies

http://www.rydon.co.uk/projects/case-studies/refurbishment-case-studies/ashmole-estate
Ferrier Point Newham also has rain screen cladding installed. Possibly also Lea Bridge House, The Chalcots Camden & St Georges Estate.

http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/817015/London-Fire-Piers-Morgan-RAGES-at-Grenfell-Tower-refurb-director-Susanna-Reid

AudreyParker @ Daily Express
The 600,000 pound salaried councillors and others no doubt equally paid generouslly cannot explain why the fire spread so rapidly?Anyone familiar with plastic knows that it is highly combustible. It is shocking to read that the building was literally encased in plastic. That alone would have turned a building clad in combustible material to be turned into a massive candle. Why is anyone asking how the fire spread so quickly? The rank imcompetent responsible for helpless people’s live don’t have a clue?. The contractor has a lot of questions to answer.

NormanMiles
I should imagine, any lift sh@fts possibly acted like a wind tunnel.Any flames would have rushed up the sh@ft like an underground train.

A FURTHER UPDATE

What is also being said in some quarters:

“Grenfell Tower was cladded using flammable plastic materials to save money. Residents were given incorrect advice to stay inside in the event of a fire. There weren’t enough fire alarms, smoke detectors etc. The local residents association warned the company about this. The local fire station was closed by Tory cuts.

Don’t tell me not to politicise this. You can’t depoliticise it.” – Dan de Leon

The residents of Grenfell Tower were working class, many immigrants, predominantly families including single mums and children.

The 24 storey building housed 700 people in only 120 flats.

The survivors will now have to be rehomed under Emergency Housing, but where? In most London boroughs, people on Band A, the most vulnerable end of the scale, have to wait a minimum of three months before being allocated emergency housing; most London councils have stopped rehousing Bands B and C altogether. The housing crisis has already caused deaths as children and adults with health problems are forced to live in rotting estates with damp and mould.

At the same time, we have hundreds of empty luxury apartments. We live at the mercy of a mafia of crooked and nefarious landlords, greedy, feckless developers and a government enforcing lethal and callous cuts.

Let’s be clear: this tragedy was an act of manslaughter”

Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell ‘sat on’ report warning high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower were vulnerable to fire

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/theresa-mays-chief-staff-sat-1062035716 minutes ago

TerryNorman
Plastic cladding ? Gas pipes installed up the stairwell? combustible materials used inside? was anything fireproof? private company own it ? council ignored 90% of residents worries on refurbishment?

Robin Hood 2017
Well well here we go again cuts cuts cuts by conservative run councils,The RBK&C and the conservative government are responsible for this with their cuts and not spending money or doing a proper job.
Its well known to the residents of Kensington that their council is a money making machine for the rich ruling classes. Thank God we now have a new MP

boo34
my heart and thoughts go out to all the people in the tower block what is going on no arlam warning at all in the building? the fire services did their best but an eye witness said not sure but over half of the fire engines were faulty? and cuts to the council so everything done on the cheap? and the mayor of london more concerned about the bombing than what is going on heresorry we have had enough of the cuts. we need another election. RIP and now peeople are scared to take up well wishers offers of putting them up as they are aware the concil will push them aside when looking at rehousing? what is going on?

sikejsudjek
After all the warnings about police cuts in Manchester they end up with terrorism. Then they are warned about this and do nothing – and there’s a huge fire. It’s ok though because they want to go ahead with even more cuts to vital services all so they can reduce corporation tax to 17% when in that bastion of communism the United States it’s 35%. The Tories aren’t a Government. They don’t govern – they are a hedge fund selling off the UK to their rich tax dodging mates. Utterly irresponsible they are kept in Government by Daily Mail and Sun reading morons.

Grenfell Tower Fire

CaptainSwitzerland

Published on Jun 14, 2017

TheMystery Gamer
The building was refurbished against the wishes of residents. Residents were told not to evacuate in the case of a fire because the sprinklers would save them. It was refurbished without working sprinklers or fire alarms. Residents only knew of the danger when they saw the flames and smoke.

GW: Beware of crowdfunding scams – better to donate food and clothing etc.

FURTHER UPDATE

**URGENT APPEAL**
Re. fire on Grenfell Tower, Latimer Road
If you’re in West London, people only have their pyjamas, need spare clothes, toys, toiletries, whatever you can spare (all ages):
Go to: ST. CLEMENTS CHURCH, 95 Sirdar Rd, London W11 4EQ
RUGBY PORTBELLO TRUST, 221 Walmer Road, W11 4EY
TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN CENTRE, Jubilee House, 210 Latimer Road,
W10 6QY

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