Like everyone in our community – I am absolutely devastated by this dreadful fire. I have visited the local voluntary centres on a number of occasions in order to help and I have met so many community volunteers who have worked tirelessly to support the dispossessed and bereaved. The community’s response has been amazing.
When tragedies such as this occur we all think of those you have met or knew who lived in the building.
The response by the emergency services was impressive in both speed and scale, and it highlighted the courage those roles require on a daily basis. We owe them all a great debt.
You will be aware of the criticism of the local and national response to the crisis and I am pleased that the Government are helping as it is important to prioritise the needs of these residents. Happily, the support seems now to have come together and the Prime Minister has promised ongoing Government assistance. Full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/grenfell-tower-fire-june-2017-support-for-people-affected
In the past I have met with a delegation of Grenfell residents and the TMO to respond to concerns raised about a number of elements of the refurbishment, including problems with boiler installations in each flat, reconnection of the water supply, kitchen renovation and general disruption caused by the works. These echoed concerns raised in several emails received.
During my time as Member of Parliament for Kensington, I raised other concerns received from Grenfell residents either with the TMO, the Council or with local councillors as appropriate, as I know Sir Malcolm did previously. In addition, two years ago we encouraged the tenants and leaseholders to form a Residents’ Association to collectively raise their concerns.
If any resident has thoughts on further assistance I can give, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org