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The people of Camden were promised a full and independent inquiry into the Chalcots evacuation

21 September, 2017

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• ON Friday (September 22) will be just three months since the evacuation of the Chalcots tower blocks.

Residents were promised, in the first council meeting following this incident, a full, public, independent inquiry with total transparency.

While the inquiry for the Grenfell Tower fire is up and running the only information available in Camden is a line in a recent paper to district management committees committing the council to “an independent review”. There is not even a mention of this “review” either on the Camden website or in the latest Camden magazine.

We do know that so far borough-wide fire safety costs, including the evacuation from the Chalcots, is costing some £20million and that is without the costs of removing the cladding.

No one should question the wisdom of the decision to evacuate or spending council money on rectifying very serious fire safety defects.

However the apparent secrecy surrounding why this work was necessary in the first place and the chaos of the first days of the evacuation, to name but two important areas, must be investigated.

At the last meeting of the council the leader, Georgia Gould suggested setting up “assemblies” to increase public participation.

Long before that Camden citizens need to have evidence that promises about transparency over the Chalcots and a proper and full public inquiry actually happen.



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