THE GRENFELL TOWER PROJECT – WHAT’S GOING ON?

MeetingTHE GRENFELL ACTION GROUP AND THE GRENFELL TOWER LEASHOLDERS ASSOCIATION STRONGLY URGE RESIDENTS TO ATTEND THE “EVENING CONSULTATION MEETING” SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE EMB ROOMS BETWEEN 6.30PM-7.30PM ON MONDAY 17TH JUNE.

RESIDENTS ARE SICK AND TIRED OF THE COMPLETE LACK OF PROGRESS ON THE PLANNED GRENFELL TOWER REFURBISHMENT AND WE DEMAND ANSWERS FROM THE COUNCIL/TMO.

THE PROJECT WAS DUE TO RUN AND BE COMPLETED AT THE SAME TIME AS THE KALC CONSTRUCTION WORKS BUT THE FACT IS THAT THE GRENFELL TOWER REFURBISHMENT IS STILL WAITING TO BE SUBMITTED FOR PLANNING PERMISSION AND RESIDENTS ARE BEING KEPT IN THE DARK ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING ON.

THE COUNCIL HAS ALLOCATED SIX MILLION POUNDS FOR THIS PROJECT.  HOWEVER THE TOTAL COST HAS BEEN ESTIMATED AT ABOUT NINE AND A HALF MILLION, AND THERE ARE STRONG INDICATIONS THAT THE TMO CANNOT AFFORD THE ADDITIONAL THREE AND A HALF MILLION REQUIRED. THEY THEREFORE INTEND TO WITHDRAW THE PLANNING APPLICATION AND SUBMIT A NEW ONE THIS SUMMER.

THE PROJECT WILL THEREFORE BE FURTHER DELAYED, UNTIL 2014 AT THE EARLIEST, AND THERE IS GOOD REASON TO FEAR THAT RBKC AND TMO ARE PLANNING TO SKIMP ON THE SPECIFICATIONS.  SOME ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT WILL BE DROPPED COMPLETELY, AND THE QUALITY OF THE WORKS TO INDIVIDUAL PROPERTIES WILL ALMOST CERTAINLY SUFFER AS A RESULT

WE BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE BEEN MESSED ABOUT LONG ENOUGH AND THAT THE COUNCIL/TMO NEED TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH A CLEAR TIME-TABLE FOR THE REFURBISHMENT OF OUR HOMES AND COME CLEAN ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY IS AVAILABLE AND HOW IT WILL BE SPENT.

WE ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT THE ONLY WAY FOR RESIDENTS TO EXERCISE ANY POWER OR CONTROL, IN CIRCUMSTANCES SUCH AS THESE, IS BY COMING TOGETHER TO COLLECTIVELY DEMAND THE ANSWERS WE NEED, AND TO WHICH WE ARE ENTITLED.

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