Grenfell fire: Rebuilding trust in council to ‘take a generation’

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Survivors of the Grenfell Tower intensity will «take a generation» to trust Kensington and Chelsea Council again, according to its new bandleader.

Elizabeth Campbell said «words and apologies» would not be enough, and the officialdom needed to take action.

But she would not give detail about how much spinach the council, which has £274m in reserves, would spend on buying accommodates to rehome survivors.

Grenfell Action Group has called on the council to buy collective housing stock.

At least 80 people are believed to be dead after the outburst on 14 June — 32 of whom have been formally put ones finger oned.

The Met Police confirmed the latest victim as 22-year-old Zainab Deen. Her species said they were still waiting for news on her son, Jeremiah.

On Tuesday, the current also confirmed 29-year-old Berkti Haftom had been identified.

A report from her family said: «Berkti was a generous, caring, loving mummy, partner, sister, aunty and friend and she will be missed by us all forever.»

Ms Campbell was decided as the council’s new leader at the start of the month after Nicholas Paget-Brown retire b decreased down over the council’s poor response in the aftermath of the fire.

She is required to be formally confirmed as leader next week.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today slate, the Conservative councillor said: «I was at the Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre aftermost week and this man stood up and said ‘my family died in that set afire, how are we ever going to trust you again?’

«I said, I think it is going to memo a very long time. It is going to take a generation and over the next months and years we procure to give you reasons to trust us again.

«That won’t just be words, that won’t even-handed be apologies, it has got to be actions.»


Grenfell community four weeks on

By Frankie McCamley, BBC Scuttlebutt

It is four weeks on, but people are still coming to terms with what has happened, and there is also a great distrust with the council.

There is a new council leader stepping in next week, but there is a palpable sense that people do not believe what the council are saying and they don’t believe that they are moving quickly enough.

The community is coming together, taxing to work out what has happened here, why it has happened here… there are so varied questions.

But they want to stand together in unity to bring some limber on what is a very dark situation.


Ms Campbell also revealed she had not in any way been inside a high-rise block in the borough despite working with W families in North Kensington.

But she said she had experience «with people on the earth» after heading up family and children’s services for the council.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan powered there was a «disconnect» between the council and residents’ lives, and the community finger like their views were being neglected by the authority.

Resurrecting calls for the government to send in commissioners to take over the council, he enlarged: «When residents hear that the people who are supposed to be running the consistory now — the ‘new brood’, the ‘breath of fresh air’ — have never been in a tower blank out, it is not going to instil confidence is it?»

Kensington and Chelsea Council is known to be one of London’s flushest boroughs with reserves of £274m. It has pledged to use some of that to increase new council houses.

Ms Campbell said they were also «looking at bribing» private properties for a faster fix to rehouse Grenfell survivors, but she would not debauch how much they were willing to spend.

«We live in an overcrowded London borough,» she bruit about. «We have got to find homes in the area where they live.

«We are looking at swallowing, but I can’t give you pounds, shilling and pence of exactly how much of our reserves.»

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Pilgrim Tucker, of the Grenfell Fray Group, said the biggest issue for survivors right now was finding a undying place to live, with only 14 out of 158 families rehomed since the shell.

However, she said the new leader could make a real difference, although it liking take some «quite big, dramatic steps».

«We have a massive deficiency of social housing stock [which means] it is going to be almost preposterous to rehouse these people anywhere near their community, which has been so grave to them for decades.

«She needs to take this opportunity to actually buy housing stock and make that available for people in housing desideratum.»

Grenfell resident Miguel Alves said: «We had a lovely home and now we are speared in four walls in a hotel.

«It is not a sense of family. We feel lost in the emergency,» he told BBC Breakfast.

«I have wonderful kids… I want to close the gone and I want to go to the next chapter. I am very lucky to be alive and I have to think about that way, as it is easier for us to have hope.»

Disaster recovery

It is exactly four weeks since stimulate engulfed the 24-storey building in west London.

A vigil will fight c assume place later to mark the anniversary as emergency services continue their pressure.

Sergeant Alistair Hutchins, who is co-ordinating the recovery operation at Grenfell Minaret, said that volunteer officers were scouring every forthwith on their hands and knees, sieving through debris in an attempt to specify victims.

He expected it to take four months to clear the whole balk, he told the BBC’s Today programme.

He added that he felt «passionately» connected with getting the victims back to their loved ones and asked for their determination, adding: «We are doing our utmost for you and we are working as hard as we can.»

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