29/06/2017 London News


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and other observations on BBC Two. That is underway on BBC Two.

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Now on BBC One, it's time for the news where you are.

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The Grenfell fire disaster has led to much public fury vented

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Tonight, it planned to hold a meeting in private

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But things didn't go according to plan, for them

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And they're using you guys as an excuse.

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You should be allowed in there, so should everyone else,

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The council had wanted it to be a private meeting,

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because they were concerned about this order.

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because they were concerned about disorder.

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The public was banned, but the press were allowed in after a judge

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Inside, things had descended into what one

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The leader of the council had left the meeting

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after reading a statement, and saying following legal advice

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there could be no open discussion, because the press was present.

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Once outside, there was more anger from opposition councillors,

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who said residents had been let down once again.

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I decided half an hour ago, before the meeting,

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because I was in two minds whether to come here or not,

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because my child is clinging on to me since this has happened,

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he doesn't want to let go of me because he saw the fire

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and his friends died and my friends have

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So I decided half an hour before this started to leave my child

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and come here to try and get some answers, and I've come

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here and they've just cancelled the meeting without giving

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The lives of the people of North Kensington have been

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changed in a way that can never be put back the way it was,

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and they should be allowed to look to the political leadership of this

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council to lead them, to comfort them and to support them,

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and this council is just not doing it.

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I am looking to the Conservative group to sack the leader

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of the council, to certainly sack the deputy leader of the council

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who did have responsibility for housing, and who has not been

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seen in public in the last ten days, and I would call on the government

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But not everyone wants to see resignations.

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One resident told me she wanted to see accountability.

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When they're coming out calling for his resignation,

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So if he resigns, Paget-Brown, Robert Black will resign,

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the rest of them will resign, they will no longer be accountable

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and can't be brought into the case in an inquiry,

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where they are held possibly for criminal charges.

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We haven't been able to speak to any Conservative councillors,

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but the anger from Labour councillors and local

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There will be a council meeting in July, which will be open

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to the public and people will expect answers.

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So, the Grenfell fire has led to much public fury vented

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And tonight its leader told this programme that

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their response was as good as it could have been,

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although he recognises more could have been done.

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Nicholas Paget-Brown also insists he still has

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He spoke to our Political Editor, Tim Donovan.

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A fortnight on, a leader under pressure wants to remind

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people of the sheer scale of what faced him.

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The events of Grenfell Tower two weeks ago, I think is probably

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the biggest tragedy to have hit in London since the end

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The fact that it's in our borough and that it's in part

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of the community that we know well means that this is one

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of the most difficult periods in the council's history.

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The key thing has been to try to ensure that everybody gets

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some form of accommodation immediately and some financial

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He has met traumatised survivors, he says,

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Have you apologised to any of these survivors personally?

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I need to apologise if the response on the ground to the tragedy has not

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been quick enough or appropriate enough or on the scale

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Not in person, but I do apologise here to you if anybody feels that

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Kensington and Chelsea Council should have been doing more.

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Where was that council help visible on the ground

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The Prime Minister acknowledges that right across, both

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at national and local level, the response was not good enough

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and we acknowledge that and we need to see what could have been done

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quicker and better, and we will learn from this.

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The public inquiry will throw up issues about communication and how

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quickly other boroughs can come to our aid and whether we should

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Early on, it was hard to contain the anger.

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The demonstrator community had long felt neglected.

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We will need to look at this over the longer term.

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There are many people in the community in north Kensington

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who do recognise that the council has played an important

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part in community life, supporting the voluntary sector.

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So you don't accept that this has shown you to have

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I am trying to avoid getting into a political dogfight.

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Is it political, though, or is it just about a community

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says, we have wanted more attention from you.

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We haven't got that and this is what happens.

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I understand and hear that allegation.

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It is not one I am going to respond to at the moment.

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I think we have a good story to tell about our record

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in north Kensington, but clearly, some relationships

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There are concerns about what happened

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with the refurbishment of this tower.

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We were trying to refurbish and improve the quality of housing in

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Grenfell Tower. The most senior paid

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official at the Council, Should it have been the unelected

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head of this council rather That is something we will

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look at in due course. My job at the moment is to make sure

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the council has a head I am the public face of the council

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and I need to be seen to be making sure that the proper response

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to people's lives that have been so devastated by this

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tragedy is in place. Would you expect to be the leader

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in six months' time? That is not a matter I am

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able to discuss now. I am asking whether you have lost

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the right to be heard. Whether or not that is fair,

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to restore confidence... No, I don't think I have lost

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the right to be heard. But there is a time and a place

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and at the moment, people don't They want to feel that

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as leader of the council, I am putting in place a range

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of services that will support them and their vulnerable

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neighbours as best we can. BBC London has seen emails

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showing how residents in Camden flagged up serious concerns over

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fire safety in their tower They were assured by the council

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and contractors that the work would be put right,

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but ten years on, the Fire Brigade has declared

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the building "unsafe". Homeless, desperate,

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still they come, but could, In 2007, the Chalcots Estate

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underwent a massive ?153 million

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refurbishment. Rydon, which also worked

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on Grenfell Tower, was the main As well as adding cladding,

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windows were upgraded, The gas and electrics

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were overhauled. These pictures, residents say,

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were sent around of a show flat, But this is what they say

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they were faced with. These pictures were taken

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by various residents after work was carried out,

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showing a raft of problems, the worst of which -

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exposed gas pipes not boxed in or properly sealed

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through firewalls. I mean, that's how they

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were doing the work. This wasn't temporary work,

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this was literally proper pipes for water and gas,

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but we're more concerned with the gas pipes

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literally just being bashed We've seen emails to Camden

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and Rydon, in which tenants In September 2007, they got a reply

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from a Camden official. A month later, a senior

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manager at Rydon added... Work was then carried

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out to fix things and, as far as residents knew,

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it was all signed off After Grenfell, the fire brigade

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was called in and declared these buildings were unsafe to live in -

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ten years after the refurbishment It's no surprise to me

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that the residents identified these problems years ago,

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and the disgusting part about that is that nothing was done,

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which I'm also not surprised about. We don't know what would have

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happened, if there had been a big fire, I think we were living

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probably on borrowed time. Rydon said they were not responsible

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for gas rises or wiring in Chalcots, so complaints would have been passed

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onto those responsible. They maintain all their works met

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required building regulations. Camden told us the UK needs

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a whole new safety regime. Years of cutting so-called red tape

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and discrediting of health and safety have taken their toll,

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change is needed. Scotland has been topping up on the

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rental today. It has been a wet month here. For us, it has been dull

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and cloudy for much of the day. We are beginning to see a few breaks in

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the cloud moving across from Kent. Overnight, those breaks will

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continue to migrate across south-east England. There will still

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be a lot of cloud around. Looking at the forecast tomorrow, early on

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there will be bright sunny spells getting through this area of cloud.

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And although for the majority of us, it is a dry day, it might be worth

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taking the umbrella because there is a chance of showers. Looking ahead

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to the weekend, we are looking at a dry prospect weather-wise, with some

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sunshine and it should turn a bit warmer.

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June has been a crazy month, with quite literally extremes. Last week

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was about the heat, the hottest days since 79. This week

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