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Grenfell Tower

36 petitions

Started 6 days ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, The Government

Please get commisioners in to run the failing Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Our local authority is systematically failing its residents and has done so over a considerable length of time. The Grenfell Tower fire is a very tragic conclusion of this. Now many Grenfell survivors are having to live on charity donations and have still not been permanently housed, despite our council having £274 million in reserves. As well as survivors from Grenfell Tower, friends, relatives and many other local residents who live near the building are deeply traumatised by the disaster and will require help for years to come. This is far from an ordinary situation and requires not only extra expenditure but also independent scrutiny. The TMO (Tenants Management Organisation) - which runs the council's social housing is unable to function, is now subject to several legal challenges following Grenfell and is severely underfunded - a situation which puts the lives of some of its poorest and most vulnerable citizens at risk.  Furthermore, there are questions to ask about the roles of several senior councillors and management staff and their interests regarding decisions made over KCC College and the Wornington Road site in North Kensington, North Kensington Library and the Westway Trust. These need to be scrutinised independently and legally as the councillors who are currently in charge of RBKC are either directly involved or have connections to those who are. Previous decisions concerning Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, Kensington Odeon, Marlborough School, Maxilla Nursery and Thamesbrook also need to be scrutinised.  This council is now failing all its residents and is falling far short of acceptable standards. It is time that commissioners were brought in.

THis Is North Kensington
1,208 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks 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
3,566 supporters
Decision maker responded 1 month 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
70 supporters