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July 10, 2017 1:18 PM
By Carole Mulroney in Kursaal Focus: July 2017

Council's urgent checks after horror blaze


NIGHTMARE: The Grenfell Fire

By Carole Mulroney Lib Dem Council Group Leader

We watched in absolute horror at the tragic fire in Grenfell Tower.

Our hearts naturally go out to those who lost loved-ones or whose own lives have been devastated by this horrific event.

The emergency services were, as usual, magnificent. They must get all the support they need.

As a matter of urgency all councils must, without delay, survey their entire building stock and ensure all homes and places of work are

The Tory council publicly committed to this at a recent council meeting and we will hold them to their word.
However, it does not stop there. There are many large buildings - residential and commercial - in private ownership. These must also be checked. I have asked for and been given an assurance by the Leader of the Council that ALL buildings - whether council-controlled or privately-owned - are being identified so that action can be taken if appropriate.

Tragedy at Grenfell is a catalyst for change

Tory minister Sajid David said to the BBC on 16 June that he was hopeful of an early initial report on the Grenfell fire and that the government would have to implement any recommendations.

This was made even more pressing after disturbing developments in Camdem and elsewhere. The government has to put its money where its mouth is. They must make sure local councils have the money available immediately to ensure that anyone affected properly is looked after and never again forgotten. Hope isn't good enough, only action is! Grenfell has been a severe lesson and no party can ever again be complacent about safety.

So we now expect local MP, Sir David Amess, Chairman of the all-party Fire and Safety Committee, not to take no for an answer in future. He must ensure the reforms needed are actioned quickly and effectively, so we never witness such scenes again.

This article was originally published in our Kursaal Focus, delivered July 2017:

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