Re: Housing : Social Tenants / BTL & HB Problems / Shortages / Grenfell Tower Fallout
Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:02 am
Grenfell Tower survivor tells minister: you are doing almost nothing.
James Brokenshire accused of not doing enough to prevent a repeat of the disaster.
A snippet :
The housing secretary, James Brokenshire, has been angrily confronted by a Grenfell Tower survivor and accused of failing to do enough to prevent a repeat disaster.
The day after a fire raged through balconies at a housing block in Barking, Willie Thompson, who escaped the Grenfell disaster two years ago, warned Brokenshire that he would be held responsible if it happened again and said: “There’s another Grenfell in the post and it is going to land on your door.”
“You guys are doing almost nothing,” Thompson told the minister responsible for building safety at an event in parliament to mark the second anniversary of the fire that claimed 72 lives. “Does it take another Grenfell?”
“No,” Brokenshire said, who admitted the responsibility “weighs heavily on me” and later described the Barking fire as “deeply concerning”. “It takes a lot longer than we would have wanted it to. I accept your challenge on how we speed this up.”
“But I bet you are not losing any sleep at night,” Thompson, a father of two, angrily replied. “Parents are afraid their children will die … One of my best friends in the world was flashing his light [from his flat in Grenfell]. That man never came out. Take that image to bed with you.” Thompson then walked away.
The highly charged exchange came as survivors and the bereaved expressed frustration at the pace of changes to the culture over housing. On Sunday the Guardian revealed that a month before the fire at Barking Riverside, residents asked Bellway, the builder, to carry out fire safety checks, but were told there was nothing to worry about.
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