Grenfell Tower managed by “evil, unprincipled, mini-mafia” landlords

An action group for Grenfell Tower accused their landlords of been “evil, unprincipled” and like a “mini-mafia” before a fire ravaged the building this morning.

More than 50 casualties have been taken to five hospitals following the inferno, London Ambulance Service chiefs have confirmed.

A helicopter ambulance was among dozens of 999 crews scrambled to the scene, but ambulance were unable to confirm the severity of their injuries.

A Met Police spokesman said there have been a number of fatalities following the fire in North Kensington in the early hours this morning.

Questions will now be asked of the property’s management and whether the incident could have been prevented.

According to local blog, the Grenfell Action Group, residents of Grenfell Tower had “warned the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea who own this property and the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation who supposedly manage all social housing in RBKC on the Council’s behalf” about fire safety issues eight times over the last three years on their blog.

“We have posted numerous warnings in recent years about the very poor fire safety standards at Grenfell Tower and elsewhere in RBKC,” they write, adding “all our warnings fell on deaf ears”.

One excerpt said that “only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord”…. “and bring an end to the dangerous living conditions and neglect of health and safety legislation that they inflict upon their tenants and leaseholders”.

A comment on another blog posted in 2015 warned: “Let’s hope we won’t have any serious fires on any of those estates because it appears that someone’s death is possibly the only thing that might stir the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation out of its extreme complacency.”

The Labour Party proposed an amendment to the Government’s new Housing and Planning Bill – that would required private landlords to make their homes safe and “fit for human habitation” last year – but it was rejected by the Conservatives. According to Parliament’s register of interests, 72 of the MPs who voted against the amendment were themselves landlords who derive an income from a property.

Over 50 casualties have been taken to five local hospitals and the Metropolitan Police confirm fatalities.

 

 

A night I'll never ever forget. Truly horrific.

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11 Responses

  1. Heather Dellerue

    If this comes out as the truth , that safety measures were not put in place for these residents , then there are people who should be held to account . Not just those people immediately responsible , managers etc , but this Government . and when I say held to account , I MEAN PROSECUTED , not covered up as so very very often happens . Hillsborough , Saville, Beechwood. the list is endless it seems .

  2. The ‘Health & Safety gone mad’ brigade always go quiet for a bit after such horrific occasions. I cannot understand how cladding which doesn’t self-extinguish is even allowed as a building material. Was it fire-tested [is there still such testing?].

    What needs to happen now is that any other building that has had similar refurbishment needs the cladding materials fire-tested URGENTLY.

  3. Peter Chylewski

    It suffices to take a look at Duba’s notorious high-rise fires (among them them “The Address Downtown” hotel) to unterstand that cheap cladding is very dangerous as fires can propagate very fast. One would expect the UK to have strict flammability norms in its building regulations.

  4. Hollie Kirby

    Ravaged, not ravished.

    “An action group for Grenfell Tower accused their landlords of been “evil, unprincipled” and like a “mini-mafia” before a fire ravished the building this morning.”

  5. The TMO management structures imposed on willing tenants groups are generally elitist bureaucracies which bottleneck far too much professional responsibility and power with too few amateur enthusiasts.
    It is no surprise that this one has obviously alienated a significant section of its community.

  6. wonderkitty

    Thinking if all the families, emergency workers & volunteers. In contrast Fat cat TMO Chief Exec. Robert Black should be charged with corporate manslaughter. He ignored residents safety concerns and pushed through renovations that they didnt want. He goes home to a million pound victorian house in another part of london having given limited press statements. Corbyn tried to improve housing legislation last year but Gary Barwell former MP, failed to intro improved build & fire regs. He has been silent. This is the result of years of tory cuts to housing and moving control from housing departments to over paid non expert managers
    David Lammy call for arrests is reasonable and clearly heartfelt.

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