This morning the first report from Grenfell was released. I have attached the Executive Summary along with a report from Housing 24 within a blog received from a Housing Forum.
Please download the full Grenfell report from the following link: https://www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/phase-1-report
What are your thoughts on this?
I have yet to even start to read the report, which is huge and of course, is only the first stage of the inquiry. My first reaction to it with regard to housing and tenant issues, is that landlords must listen more to us. This is the theme which has repeatedly occurred since this awful tragedy, the residents were aware of many of the issues.
However, this apart, the big housing/landlord message is about the recommendation that by law evacuation procedures needing to be developed for all in tower blocks I think?
But the report seems to take no notice of complaints before the fire from people living in the block . Also no notice of the big fire years ago in another big block , where recommendations were made. The first report seems to be looking for who to blame. Yes may be the stay put fire advice seems in this case to be wrong , When people had to wait 2 hours ?
But let’s hope lessons learnt are taken forward so this should not happen again.
Thanks Graham from my understanding the first part of the inquiry and report looked at what happened on the night and the response and next phase will look at what happened before the tragedy - so hopefully that's when the what residents said and ignored warnings will be looked at
Has anyone at Hyde listened to BBC podcasts on Grenfell Tower? From the more recent ones it would seem that the Stay Put policy is not good. Staircases need to be marked so that residents can tell which one they need to use in the case of evacuation. Floor numbers need to be marked low down so that they are visible in thick smoke. Nor do residents know where to muster in the case of evacuation. We, in Gosport asked for this month's ago ,but as usual we have NOT been heard. Thankfully, our cladding is being replaced(only running a year over the original finish date) but that on its own does not make us fireproof.
Thanks for your comments Margo. I've liaised with our Building Safety Taskforce team who have given me this response:
“Thank you for contacting us. We would like to assure you that Hyde are aware of the recommendations made by the Government, and we’re pleased say that we are already doing several them, such as providing premises information boxes at all tall towers, including Gosport. Please note that these are not laws or regulations at the moment. We are considering how we can approach the remaining recommendations.The last residents meeting was held on 5th December with both Axis (contractors) and Hyde. The next meeting will be this Thursday 19th December 2019"
Hope this helps?