The Spring daffodils and cherry blossoms have arrived in North Kensington and yet the Grenfell Tower Improvement Project saga grinds on and on with no sign of any tangible progress. Surely the TMO can’t still be arguing with their contractors over money (?) The Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) has presided over this shambles since the RBKC Council agreed funding for the project in 2012 and residents are sick and tired of being kept in the dark about what is actually going on. It is hard to believe that the original plan was to carry out the works to Grenfell Tower in synch with the KALC construction project, and it is an indictment of both the RBKC Council and the TMO’s utter incompetence that they have completely failed to do so. Residents are still wondering if the improvement works will ever take place at all.
SO, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CAN THE COUNCIL OR THE TMO TELL RESIDENTS OF GRENFELL TOWER WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Residents have not received any communication from the TMO for at least three months since we were last told that works on the Grenfell Tower project would start in the Spring of 2014. Obviously, these were just more hollow words from the TMO who can’t even be trusted to count their own rents!
Meanwhile, there is a rumour going around that the TMO are favouring the views of some Grenfell Tower householders while excluding the legitimate views of others. We know that some householders have been contacted (some of whom are not even in the UK) while many others have not seen hide nor hair of the TMO for months, and certainly have not been asked to contribute their views. We believe that this favouritism of certain vested interests is completely unjust and that all residents of Grenfell Tower should be consulted and not just those the TMO find amenable (for whatever twisted reasons).
What we do know for sure, is that Claire Williams and Peter Maddison from the TMO have no intention of recognising residents of Grenfell Tower who have come together to form any kind of “collective representation”. It seems that we will get what the TMO will allow us, and only what the TMO will allow us. Shame on them!
THE OLD TMO MANTRA OF ‘DIVIDE AND RULE’ STILL HOLDS TRUE AND GRENFELL TOWER RESIDENTS’ VIEWS COUNT FOR NOTHING. WE DEMAND REAL CONSULTATION AND TO BE GIVEN PROPER INFORMATION BY THE TMO THAT KEEPS US FULLY INFORMED ABOUT THE PLANNED WORKS AND THE FUTURE OF OUR HOMES.