Tag Archives: Grenfell Tower

Hold very tight: will Buss give Brick by Brick a rough ride?

Our Town Hall reporter, KEN LEE, on how the local council troubleshooter who was brought in to deal with Kensington and Chelsea’s finances in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire has now been hired by Croydon In the final … Continue reading

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‘Utter disgrace’: 2,000 buildings still at risk from cladding

Three years since 72 people died in the Grenfell Tower disaster, more than 2,000 high-risk residential buildings are still covered with dangerous cladding, according to a parliamentary committee. The situation has been slammed as “an utter disgrace” by the Fire … Continue reading

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‘Barren’ Barwell is not fit to sit on housing association board

Gavin Barwell, a “not very successful career politician”, should never have been appointed to the board of Clarion, the country’s largest housing association. That’s the view of Rob Gershon, a prominent activist for tenants’ rights, in a devastating critique of … Continue reading

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Residents living in fear of fire in council-run housing blocks

Despite condemning office-to-flat conversions, Croydon Council has been using three such buildings to provide temporary housing. A year after a Fire Brigade inspection found the blocks unsafe, improvement works have still not finished, leaving residents forced to live on a … Continue reading

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Mayor refuses to say if Barwell was questioned over Grenfell

Unlike most people when newly out of work, gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell didn’t spend his first day of unemployment looking for a new job. The £150,000 per year Downing Street chief of staff until Boris Johnson’s coronation on Wednesday, Barwell spent … Continue reading

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MP Jones calls on government to spend £1bn on sprinklers

Today marks 10 years since the Lakanal House fire in Southwark, where six people – including young mothers and their infant children – were killed when flames and smoke spread through a council-owned high-rise. Yet an investigation conducted by Sarah … Continue reading

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Did Barwell have his collar felt over the Grenfell fire tragedy?

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE on the continuing interrogation of senior Tory government figures over their inaction and incompetence Is it possible that Gavin Barwell, one of a string of Tory housing ministers who before the 2017 Grenfell Tower tragedy failed … Continue reading

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Barwell and the ignored warnings that led to Grenfell tragedy

Gavin Barwell, the former housing minister and sometime Conservative MP for Croydon Central, could be hauled up before the public inquiry into the Grenfell disaster after an investigation by the website Inside Housing today published correspondence which shows that he, … Continue reading

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Abuse and insults fly after ‘not guilty’ plea over Grenfell effigy

Millionaire property owner Paul Bussetti this week entered not guilty pleas at Westminster Magistrates’ Court to charges brought following the filming and sharing last year of a sick video of a burning effigy of Grenfell Tower. This week’s court hearing, … Continue reading

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Manchester and Birmingham join Croydon’s sprinkler campaign

The council press office described it as “doorstepping” the Prime Minister, as MP Sarah Jones and council deputy leader Alison Butler were part of a group which handed in a letter signed by 15 local authorities to try to shame … Continue reading

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Hundreds march through South Norwood to support Grenfell

More than 300 people, plus TV crews and newspaper reporters, turned out in South Norwood last night to show solidarity with Grenfell and reject racism. But who was the only one to talk to the reporter from The Sun? KEN … Continue reading

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Grenfell bonfire effigy prompts South Norwood silent march

Residents and community groups in South Norwood are coming together for a silent march next Wednesday, in solidarity with the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and to demonstrate their rejection of the racist bigotry displayed earlier this week in … Continue reading

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Grenfell Tower and the impact on communities, CVA, Sep 20

Off The Record Youth Counselling service, in association with the Croydon BME Forum, is staging a panel discussion next week on the impact on the community response to last year’s Grenfell fire in north London, which claimed the lives of … Continue reading

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First residential tower block in borough gets sprinkler system

If the contractors who this week finished retro-fitting sprinklers on a residential block in Upper Norwood continue their work at a similar pace, it would be 2035 before all of Croydon’s towers have the fire safety system fitted. Fortunately, the … Continue reading

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Xmas4Grenfell: Fund-raiser at Ruskin House, Dec 9

Xmas4Grenfell this Saturday, December 9, at Ruskin House is all about the spirit of the season — raising awareness and expressing solidarity with the residents of Grenfell Tower who suffered unimaginable tragedy in the summer. Throughout the day, there will … Continue reading

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Tory government still refusing to pay for fitting sprinklers

Work has begun to install sprinklers in 1,250 council-managed flats in tower blocks in Croydon, but the Tory government continues to refuse to provide any financial assistance towards the £10million costs, despite the horrific tragedy at Grenfell Tower earlier this … Continue reading

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Tory ministers ignore councils’ pleas for help on fire safety

The Tory government is refusing calls to provide funding to help make residential tower blocks safer following the Grenfell Tower fire. Croydon Council has committed to spending £10million of public money on retro-fitting sprinklers in the borough’s residential blocks, a … Continue reading

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Developer removed stairwell from office-to-flats conversion

A property speculator has removed the staircase from a residential block as part of its conversion from offices to flats, halving the available fire escapes in the building for the residents of its 119 homes. The 1960s office block Green … Continue reading

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‘This land is classist’: Croydon rapper seeks justice for Grenfell

A Croydon rapper has produced a track, Justice for Grenfell (See All The Links), which seeks to provide context to the tragedy in Kensington last month. Sense (real name Jenniah Brown), who grew up in West Croydon, often performs at … Continue reading

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Action group calls for urgent arrest of Barwell over Grenfell fire

Hard-hitting report calls for transparent investigation among the ‘links in the chain of culpability’, as it alleges a cover-up has already begun Gavin Barwell, who until last month was the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, should be arrested immediately and … Continue reading

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Tower developers used loophole to avoid fitting sprinklers

BARRATT HOLMES reports on the half-million-pound-plus Croydon flats which are 40 storeys up but which were built without any sprinkler system The private developers who built Croydon’s tallest residential tower block used a loophole in planning laws and so avoided … Continue reading

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Tower block families left waiting for fire safety results

Residents of Balaam House, the 60-flat tower block in Sutton, have good cause to be confused and worried this morning as, three weeks since the dreadful events at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, they still await some degree of certainty from … Continue reading

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Sutton residential tower block fails fire safety tests

A nine-storey residential tower block in north Sutton which had a multi-million-pound “upgrade” completed only last October, has failed fire safety checks on its exterior cladding. The residents of 96 homes in Chaucer House received letters today informing them of … Continue reading

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Council writes to residents to state its blocks are safe

A senior Croydon Council official has written to all residents in the borough’s residential blocks to reassure them and confirm that the hazardous cladding which is suspected of contributing to so much death and destruction in the Grenfell Tower blaze … Continue reading

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Tower residents have three-month wait for sprinkler action

Croydon Council last night announced that it is to fit sprinklers in all of its residential tower blocks which are 10 or more storeys tall, in a scheme expected to cost £10million. It makes Croydon the first local authority in … Continue reading

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