Hundreds evacuated from London tower blocks over fears of Grenfell repeat
Chalcots estate residents moved overnight into temporary accommodation after council said it could not guarantee safety
“Hundreds of residents of a housing estate in north London have been evacuated overnight after fire inspectors said five tower blocks were at risk following the Grenfell Tower blaze.
People living on Chalcots estate in Swiss Cottage were woken during the night and told to leave their homes immediately after Camden council became the first in the country to order an evacuation of blocks at risk of a similar fire.
Those affected described scenes of confusion as they were told the council was unable to guarantee residents’ safety, They are asked to find alternative accommodation or report to a local leisure centre, where hundreds of mattresses had been laid out. Others were offered hotel rooms for the night.
Speaking on Saturday morning, the leader of Camden council, Georgia Gould, said: “We’ve had a huge effort overnight to evacuate people. We have had 650 households who have moved out of the tower blocks. We’ve had everyone, council staff, volunteers, different councillors, all coming together with the fire service to move people safely out of their accommodation.”
She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The last thing I wanted to do was ask residents late on a Friday night to leave their homes. I have been with them all night and people are distressed, angry and scared. It’s such a difficult decision.
“But I said to fire services, is there anything I can do to make this block safe tonight? I offered to pay for fire services to be stationed outside those blocks just so we could have a couple of days to get the works done, but the message was [that there was] nothing to do to make blocks safe that night.”
Gould had announced the evacuation after a review of the blocks found cladding similar to that which had been on Grenfell Tower, as well as fire risks on insulation surrounding gas piping.
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... l-disaster
In 1915 in Govan, just south of the river Clyde in Glasgow, bands of women torpedoed flour bombs at creeping eviction enforcers from the towering windows of their tenements.
Grenfell locals describe fire's impact on mental health
27 Jun 2017
Layla and Hassin, who live near Grenfell tower, describe how living in its shadow is having a detrimental effect on their mental health.
Speaking to 5 live Breakfast’s Rachel Burden, Layla says her neighbours are struggling to cope, and they are "seeing counselling, but clearly it’s not enough because this has scarred us for life".
Hassin adds that he and his neighbours "feel lost".
Chelsea and Kensington Council said it is offering support to survivors and residents living near Grenfell Tower, where at least 79 people died.
http://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-40415935/ ... tal-health
AhabsOtherLeg » Sat Jul 01, 2017 3:32 am wrote:
Around a century before the Battle of George Square, just as an aside, three men were hung and then beheaded by the authorities for leading a movement (albeit a very militant one) which had as it's principle demand... the institution of a 40 hour working week.
On the 14th June (unopposed by the sizable garrison) the rebels entered the Tower of London and summarily executed the Archibshop of Canterbury, Simon of Sudbury (who was also Chancellor) along with three others.
His head was carried in triumph to London Bridge and displayed there.
https://faculty.history.wisc.edu/sommer ... Revolt.htm
Aaron Bastani @AaronBastani 20 hours ago
'Highest guaranteed rent'. This isn't about offering a service - its legal extortion.
Richard Abbott 20 hours ago
Legal extortion. It's called capitalism. Really, really sorry my generation failed to squash it.
Grenfell survivors worry Notting Hill Carnival will overshadow latest council failure
'It's yet another kick in the teeth for those affected'
As Notting Hill Carnival attendees pay their respects to the people who died in the Grenfell Tower fire, survivors and local residents are dealing with the latest failure by the local council to respond to their concerns.
For the past five weeks, the central west London branch of care consumer watchdog Healthwatch has been collecting questions and complaints from local people and submitting them weekly to Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC) - who are required to respond in 20 working days.
But last week the council missed their deadline to respond to the first submission, which it received on 28 July.
Healthwatch has statutory power to hold both the NHS and the local council to account.
"It's yet another kick in the teeth for those affected by Grenfell," Clare Maloney told The Independent.
The volunteer running the Grenfell Humanitarian Information Report (GHIR), which provides up-to-date information for survivors, added that the people affected by Grenfell had used this mechanism as a platform to voice their questions and concerns in good faith.
"For RBKC to not even respond after so many grave errors and missteps on their part is a travesty and shows a monumental disregard for those affected and those whose lives were lost," she said.
The three-page document is seeking answers to a range of questions about the still uncertain death toll, rehousing options, rent payments for people still living in the neighbourhood and queries about what support is available for the families of the dead.
Local people are concerned about air quality after experiencing dizziness, getting nose bleeds, and suffering from chest pains and insomnia, it reads.
Some people living in the area are worried about an increased risk of suicide and have been requesting access to trauma counsellors.
There are also concerns about the protection of vulnerable survivors who are being pressured by self-styled "community leaders" to sign up with particular law firms, the document says.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/ho ... 15141.html
The Touching Way Meghan Markle and the Queen Marked the Grenfell Tower Fire Anniversary
Today is the one year anniversary of the tragic fire in London.
By Caroline Hallemann
Jun 14, 2018
Meghan Markle and the Queen appear to be having a lovely time on this morning's royal visit to Cheshire. But the day of events also featured one sadly poignant moment. Meghan and the Queen observed a national moment of silence at noon in memory of the people who died in the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
https://www.townandcountrymag.com/socie ... niversary/
Washington, D.C. Set To Battle $1 Billion Gentrification Lawsuit
Lydia Arevalo | June 18, 2018 - 6:13 pm
Seven years ago, The New York Times reported that, for the first time in history, black residents no longer comprised the majority population of our nation’s capital. Within the last month, civil rights lawyer Aristotle Theresa filed the lawsuit against the district on behalf native D.C. residents for the discrimination of age, source of income, race, family, religion, and matriculation in their agenda to “attract the Creative Class.”
According to the lawsuit, over the last 12 years “planning agencies have used land-use policy as a primary tool to implement this agenda.” Rather than implementing city-wide initiatives that cater to the needs of current residents, “these land-use policies leverage amenities to attract the targeted [anti-black] demographic group.”
More specifically, “new attractions such as the Wharf, a $2.5 billion mix of luxury housing, hotels and fine dining along the Southwest Waterfront” are being added in locations that are better suited for family units and affordable housing, wrote The Washington Post. In the pursuit to attract the creative class, the D.C. zoning commission, housing authority office of planning and office of the deputy mayor for planning and economic development are being sought after for damages and displacement that are expected to exceed $1 billion.
The City has no comment at the time. Their response is reportedly due to be filed by June 25.
https://www.vibe.com/2018/06/washington ... n-lawsuit/
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