Environmental tests for Grenfell ‘contamination’ take place after months of campaigning

Environmental tests for Grenfell ‘contamination’ take place after months of campaigning

Further environmental tests for possible contamination from the fall-out from the Grenfell Tower fire are being undertaken this month, just before the second anniversary of the disaster. They follow months of campaigning by residents for further tests following revelations by fire toxicology expert Professor Anna Stec, of chemicals which could...

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After Grenfell:  Preserving North Kensington’s local history through the arts

After Grenfell:  Preserving North Kensington’s local history through the arts

  Local community organisations are developing an archive of North Kensington’s creative response during a period of rapid historical change since the Grenfell Tower fire with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Called the Kensington Art & Heritage Archive Project, the collection will preserve artworks and testimonies produced by...

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The Unreasonable Woman: Emma Dent Coad MP

The Unreasonable Woman: Emma Dent Coad MP

Save for a few Liberal Party dalliances in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the Conservative Party reigned supreme for the better part of a century in South Kensington and Chelsea. North Kensington, conversely, pinballed around the political spectrum until it was abolished as a constituency in 1974. Thereafter,...

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Grenfell Inquiry opens today

Grenfell Inquiry opens today

Photo: Inquiry Chair Martin Moore-Bick (Christ’s College, Oxford University) Every bereaved family from the Grenfell Tower fire will have the opportunity to make a statement to the public inquiry, which opens today. The commemoration hearings, that will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in South Kensington, are expected to...

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Charity treats survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster to a four-day holiday

Charity treats survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster to a four-day holiday

Children and their parents enjoyed an adventure in the heart of the countryside as they escaped the turmoil of trying to rebuild their lives following the tower block fire eight months ago. Many are still living in hotels and temporary accommodation as they battle with authorities to find new homes and restore their...

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Grenfell: Proposals to keep police station open amid London counter closures

Grenfell: Proposals to keep police station open amid London counter closures

Over half of London’s police front counters will close, leaving one 24-hour police counter in each borough, Mayor Sadiq Khan announced today. The decision was made in order to save £8 million, the equivalent of the cost of 140 police constables. The cuts are part of an effort to maintain...

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RBKC announces Grenfell re-homing policy

RBKC announces Grenfell re-homing policy

RBKC council has issued its re-housing policy statement for residents affected by the Grenfell fire. Grenfell residents have been sent a letter outlining the re-housing plan and have been invited to accept or reject the councils offer. The re-homing process is ongoing and the council has pledged to rehouse all...

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Grenfell Tower exterior to be covered within next three weeks

Grenfell Tower exterior to be covered within next three weeks

An operation to cover the burned-out shell of Grenfell Tower will begin in the next three weeks and is likely to take until mid-autumn due to the extensive damage of the fire.  Michael Lockwood, who is in charge of site recovery, told local residents in a meeting on Wednesday 26 July...

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Independent Grenfell taskforce announced

Independent Grenfell taskforce announced

A new taskforce that will head up the recovery from the Grenfell Tower disaster has been announced today, 26th July. The independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce will take over from Gold Command, which spearheaded the initial emergency recovery operations. Working alongside RBKC council, the new team will move on to longer-term...

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Grenfell survivor, 12, was diagnosed with cyanide poisoning

Grenfell survivor, 12, was diagnosed with cyanide poisoning

12-year-old Grenfell survivor Luana Gomes was treated for the effects of cyanide poisoning by King’s College Hospital, it has emerged. Luana’s sister Megan and her mother Andreia were also both treated for risk of inhaling cyanide. Her mother, Andreia Gomes, was seven months pregnant at the time, but lost her...

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