Martin Ford 01 August 2018

Government steps in following Grenfell Tower outcry

The Government will take on responsibility for the Grenfell Tower site, Marsham Street has announced.

Today’s move by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) comes following an outcry from survivor groups over news the building was to be handed back to Kensington and Chelsea LBC, once released by the Metropolitan Police.

The day-to-day running of the site is currently the responsibility of an independent management team led by Bromley LBC chief executive Doug Patterson.

This team is charged with ensuring security is in place and health and safety rules are followed, and enables access to the tower by expert witnesses involved with the ongoing Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

The arrangement will continue until a formal agreement between the Government and community is finalised in the autumn to create a ‘fitting memorial’.

A MHCLG spokesman said: ‘This ensures Kensington and Chelsea LBC will continue to take no role in making decisions regarding the site.’

Ultimately, the land will be transferred to a body representing the bereaved and survivors.

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