Petition to Parliament
Introduce a new Fire Precautions Act to regulate buildings and hold developers to account.
Following serious fires in high rise buildings in recent years, including Camberwell, Adair, and now the tragedy at Grenfell where at least six people have lost their lives and 50 are in hospital, it is clear that self-regulation and self-determination of fire safety is not working. In 1971, following several serious nightclub fires, the Fire Precautions Act was introduced, giving fire officers the legal right to assess any building for fire risk and safety. This allowed firefighters absolute and forensic familiarity with buildings on their grounds, both the structure and composition of them, and was designed to prevent shoddy workmanship putting people at risk. This Act was abolished in the 1990s after landlords heavily lobbied MPs for their own power to decide what was safe and what wasn't. This self-regulation does not work. Important planning documents have gone missing from Grenfell in the wake of an investigation. The cladding on the outside of the building seems to have been completely unfit for purpose. There were inadequate means of escape. People have lost their lives. In order to prevent further tragedy, we need to hand back control of fire risk assessments to the people who run into those buildings to put them out. We owe it to our firefighters, our residents, and ourselves, to put this right, as quickly and effectively as possible. I am asking Parliament to consider a debate on implementation of a new Prevention of Fire/Fire Precautions Act - not a measly reform regulation like the slap on the wrist we now have - and as a matter of absolute urgency. This seems to have been a preventable tragedy. Enough is enough,
Petition to Theresa May PM, Gavin Barwell, Sajid Javid, Eoghan Murphy MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Andrew Gwynne MP, John Healey MP, Amber Rudd MP, Damian Green MP, Phillip Hammond MP, Boris Johnson MP, Jeremy Hunt MP, David Lidington MP, Peter Holland CBE, Brandon Holland MP, Greg Hunt MP, David Cameron MP, Theresa May MP, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Nick Clegg MP, Mary Macleod MP, The Hon. Sussan Ley MP, David Laws MP, Vince Cable MP, George Eustice MP, Gabrielle Upton MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, James Morris MP, Stella Creasy MP, Karl McCartney MP, James Wharton MP, Paul Uppal MP, Marcus Jones MP, Kris Hopkins MP, Ed Davey MP, Sadiq Khan, Caroline Lucas MP, Steve Lucas MP
NEW FIRE SAFTEY LAWS FOR ALL RESIDENTIAL HOMES
Petition to Theresa May MP
Sprinklers to be fitted in ALL high rise buildings
I am one small person in a massive pond hoping to make a difference and save lives. I live in Southampton, and I care about this issue because one of my friends lost a family member in Lakanal House in 2009 and the firefighting community in my home city lost two of their own in Shirley Towers in 2010. I was horrified to wake up to the news about Grenfell Tower and it struck me that lessons haven't been learned and the people who died at Lakanal House died in vain since the learnings of their inquest weren't implemented anywhere else. "Whether they'd have stopped that fire spreading at the speed it did up the outside of that building is another matter," "But to have had sprinklers in that building would have created an environment where it would have been easier to rescue people and increase survivability." A quote from Jon O'Neill, the managing director of the Fire Protection Association To that end we, the undersigned, petition the Prime Minister to make it a legal requirement for ALL high rise buildings to have adequate fire safety measures installed. There have been many instances where sprinklers etc could have saved lives, a few examples being: 03/07/2009 – Lakanal House, London – 6 fatalities 06/04/2010 – Shirley Towers, Southampton – 2 fatalities (both firefighters) 14/06/2017 – Grenfell Tower, London – 12 fatalities (could rise) Please make a change in the law to make it a legal requirement that ALL councils and landlords ensure that ALL high rises of any age have adequate: Fire Alarm Systems Fire Doors Fire Escapes Fire Sprinklers Emergency Lighting This should be done in EVERY high rise in the country, new builds and retrospectively in existing buildings. Until the law is changed, we urge ALL owners or operators of existing high-rise blocks, including councils, tenant management organisations, social landlords and private owners MUST install sprinklers and other fire safety measures, to ensure there is never a repeat of the above incidents. How many more lives have to be lost? It is time to put lives before profit.
Petition to UK Parliament
This government must carry out a FULLY TRANSPARENT INVESTIGATION into the Grenfell tragedy
The investigation into the Grenfell tragedy must be FULLY TRANSPARENT and allow the MEANINGFUL PARTICIPATION of the affected residents, their families, and the surrounding community. The government cannot be allowed to cover up any uncomfortable revelations about negligence and poor planning of the Grenfell estate by the Tory-run Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. The government cannot be permitted to protect itself or those who should be held accountable. The process must unearth the TRUE CAUSES of the fire for the public interest. Prevent the government from whitewashing the truth and from keeping the UK's planning and regulation laws in the dark ages any longer. Stand with the residents of Grenfell as well as the residents of the UK's other tower blocks and make sure this does not happen again.
Petition to Department for Communities and Local Government, Theresa May MP, Alok Sharma, home office, Sadiq Khan
Stop risking lives: bring in crucial fire safety regs now; make the UK's tower blocks safe
As someone who lives on one of London's many estates, I recognise those who died in Grenfell as extended neighbours. I happen to work right next to Grenfell, and was haunted by the burnt out tower this morning on my way to a meeting. We cannot let this happen again. And yet, this is not the first time. A tragic fire at Lakanal House, Camberwell, on 3rd July 2009 cost us six lives. An inquest was held and its findings given in 2013, but only to a limited few, who have sat on the results all this time. Following the critical findings of the coroner's 2013 report on the earlier Lakanal fire, which highlighted issues that could have prevented Grenfell, we are asking for the immediate implementation of recommendations from that report. Some recommendations from the report's coroner include: use of fire resistant materials regular fire assessments providing residents with full instructions about what to do in the event of a fire At Lakanal, exterior panels that were not fire resistant were found to have caused the blaze to spread far quicker. It is becoming apparent that a similar issue may have caused the Grenfell tragedy. I will never forget the image of that hollowed-out building, now a skeleton on the skyline. Or the wreckage in the nearby children's play area, which I had passed so many times before. Grenfell is a place like so many across London, full of our neighbours, friends and families. We must demand more of the authorities, to protect us, and not let other people's interests, and financial considerations, cost lives.
Petition to Theresa May MP
Put the failing Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea put into special measures
Theresa May get commisioners in to run the failing Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The council has proven over a considerable length of time that they are incompetent and cannot be trusted with governance of this borough. After Grenfell, their response was poor and the residents of this borough and North Kensington in particular require the extra help to recover. Many Grenfell survivors are still living in hotels and some are still existing on charity donations - this is completely unacceptable. Grenfell survivors, families and many from in and around North Kensington are deeply traumatised and many people will need help for years to come. This is an exceptional situation and requires outside help from the Government. Also it is inapproriate given the legal situation regarding Grenfell, that some of the same people in charge who made decisions over refurbishment of Grenfell Tower are still in charge. There are also a significant number of questionable decisions and policies made by those in charge of this borough over Wornington College, the Westway Trust, North Kensington Library, The Isaac Newton Centre, the Westway Information Centre, Earl's Court Masterplan, Thamesbrook and Marlborough School - that require further investigation. We ask you to get the comissioners in and to see what can be done to help before further damage is done.
Petition to Theresa May, Elizabeth Campbell, Barry Quirk, Sajid Javid
Ensure all Grenfell survivors are in suitable accommodation
Our friends and neighbours deserve to be treated with respect and dignity. They are not 2nd class citizens. If the law says that survivors and families should not be placed in hotel accommodation for longer than 6 weeks, then do not deny them their rights ! On 14 June 2017, our community came together and remarkably stepped in to deliver a service to the community, by the community. We have shown who we are, united, rich, diverse and committed but above all instrumental to shaping the future of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Since day 1, our priority has been to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Grenfell survivors. We have not stopped in our endeavours to support our community and those among us who are most vulnerable. On the ground, we continue to assist the survivors and their families Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends, our neighbours who died in the most tragic circumstances in recent history. The Grenfell fire was nothing short of a national disaster and as such its response must have no boundaries and we expect that every efforts are made so that they can start to rebuild their lives. Before our friends, our neighbours can start the healing process, they must be settled in a safe and suitable environment. 7 weeks ago, they were placed in Bed and Breakfast emergency accommodation. Although we appreciate that efforts have been made to secure self contained accommodation for them, many are still living in rooms with some in places as far as Waterloo. Some report that they feel pressurised into accepting accommodation which are not suitable. In accordance with the Homelessness Code of Guidance 2006, living in bed and breakfast accommodation can be particularly detrimental to the health and development of children. Although we accept that it is at times unavoidable, the Royal Borough of Kensington should take into account factor such as, in the case of families with young children, whether facilities include safe play areas, which are located away from sleeping accommodation and cooking areas. We are told that it is not often the case We also remind the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that the legislation prohibits local authorities from using bed and breakfast accommodation for any period (or periods) exceeding 6 weeks, for families with children. Despite the fact that the Prime minister pledged that survivors would be placed in accommodation within 3 weeks of the fire, it has now been 7 weeks since the Grenfell Fire. Although some survivors are now in self contained accomodation, we see little evidence that the statutory suitability assessment were conducted appropriately It is the public’s perception that self contained accommodation were made available specifically for the Grenfell survivors and units are available in Kensington row, Hortensia Road and Tavistock Crescent. Furthermore, it is the public’s perception that the survivors would be offered accommodation and would be separate form the current housing register. In July 2017, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea amended its housing policy to include survivors who will be required to bid for properties We the community ask that : A comprehensive update on the current situation including the reason for the delays is made available to the public as a matter of urgency A confirmation that appropriate suitability assessments are conducted consistently and fairly before offers are made The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea tell us what reasonable steps they have taken or intend to take to remedy to the breach of their legal obligations The Royal Borough of Kensington of Chelsea immediately conduct an impact assessment of its amended Housing policy for Grenfell survivors and consult with them The government tell us what steps they have taken to fulfil their pledge to survivors Samia Badani  The Homeless (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003, SI no 3326
Petition to UK Parliament, Theresa May MP, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Emma Dent Coad MP, Sadiq Khan, Kensington and Chelsea Council, Department for Communities and Local Government
Enact Emergency Legislation for Compulsory Central Fire Alarms in Residential Tower Blocks
Emergency legislation should be passed immediately requiring compulsory fitting or retrofitting of central fire alarm systems in every residential tower block within the UK. The members of parliament that are elected to govern have, above all else, a requirement to ensure public safety. Following the avoidable tragedy at Grenfell Tower, Theresa May has called for a Public Inquiry into the incident. This petition proposes that instead of waiting for the conclusions of said inquiry, of which there will be many, this small and necessary step can be taken immediately and potentially save many lives. There was no central fire alarm system within Grenfell Tower. According to The Building Regulations 2010 Fire Safety Approved Document B with regards to "British Standard - BS 5839-6:2013 - Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems for Buildings - Code of practice" the requirement for fire alarms does not include communal areas of blocks of flats. I cannot stress enough the importance of this small and economically achievable improvement that can be made immediately using emergency legislation. This legislation could then be amended at a later date to include the recommendations resulting from the inquiry.