Grenfell Tower

35 petitions

Update posted 8 months ago

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. 

John Tyson
125,694 supporters
Started 10 months ago

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 harm is caused  to our communities. 

THis Is North Kensington
2,055 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

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[1] 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             [1] The Homeless (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2003, SI no 3326

Samia Badani
3,667 supporters
Decision maker responded 11 months ago

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. 

Austyn Godino
236 supporters