Grenfell residents want say on tower demolition

Grenfell residents want say on tower demolition

Bereaved families and survivors of the Grenfell fire say the timing of when the tower is demolished needs to be decided by them and not the government.

The Sunday Times said ministers are set to announce the demolition of the tower amid safety concerns, adding structural engineers have “unambiguously and unanimously” advised the tower should be “carefully taken down”.

However, survivors said they have had previous assurances the tower can be kept safe “for as long as it needs to be” and that it poses no risk.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) said a decision has yet to be taken.

Grenfell United, a group for survivors and bereaved families, said: “The government has engaged with fewer than ten of the bereaved and survivors on this matter, to date, and with such a wide range of viewpoints across all affected families, we struggle to understand why this would be pushed through so quickly.

“Given what we went through, safety has always been paramount and we have had previous assurances that the tower can be kept safe for as long as it needs to be, and that it poses no risk to the community around it.

“Given the limited legislation passed since the Grenfell fire to keep people safe in their homes, the glacial process of removing flammable cladding, and the daily reports of the links between the Government and the construction industry, it seems to us that removing Grenfell from the skyline while the inquiry and police investigation still continues to only serve those accused or those that haven’t acted.”

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