Another Grenfell ‘in the Post?’

 Another Grenfell ‘in the post’, warns survivor Edward Daffarn, a survivor of the Grenfell Tower, fire has warned the Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee that “Grenfell two is in the post, unless you act and act quickly” to ban combustible cladding, noting that such cladding had been replaced at just 6% of social housing blocks since the fire. Mr Daffarn, who attempted to raise the safety concerns of Grenfell Tower residents with authorities for several years before the fire, also said that he was told by Barry Quirk, the new chief executive of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that the council had previously behaved like “a property developer masquerading as a local authority.” The council said it accepted Daffarn’s remarks, and had changed its strategy since the fire and the resignation of its leader and deputy leader.

Meanwhile here in Wolverhampton City Council under the Chairmanship of Cllr Greg Brackenridge has re-convened its own Scrutiny Panel for today where the Agenda will reflect on what has happened nationally, and how Wolverhampton has responded.

Certainly our City Council has acted quickly and responsibly to date. Greg has led from the front and continues to do so, as we analyse what we can do to ensure the safety of Wulfrunians, now the information on what went wrong at Grenfell is made public.

The Agenda in Wolverhampton today is –

  • Response to the Hackett Report
  • Wolverhampton Homes/Corporate Landlord – Update of Progress/ Recommendations
  • Expanding Role of Fire Authority and Working with Others
  • The JCA
  • Monitoring and Evaluating the recommendations from the Councils Fire Safety Review Group
  • Emergency Planning Update.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more