Grenfell Tower: 'We want to reorganise the TMO and effectively talk to residents', says deputy council leader

Grenfell Tower: 'We want to reorganise the TMO and effectively talk to residents', says deputy council leader

Kim Taylor-Smith says the council wants to take back control

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The long-term intention of Kensington and Chelsea council is to reorganise the TMO and ensure local residents are involved in discussions, according to councillor Kim Taylor-Smith.

Theresa May has said the Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) will have its responsibility for the west London estate, that Grenfell Tower is part of, taken away.

Kim Taylor-Smith, the deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council, told Sam Delaney: "All the work that’s currently going on at Lancaster West [estate] is all being done directly by the council and the reason for doing that is that we didn’t want to put any additional work through the TMO, how that is then brought back in is something which is currently being worked on so I can’t really give you specific details.”

But he explained that Theresa May's announcement means that "what’s been indicated, which is certainly a desire of the council, is we that want to take back that control and then reorganise it."

Sam asked him if that meant other people currently looked after by the TMO would still be looked after by it, but he replied: "I hope not."

Taylor-Smith added: "The intention long term is to reorganise the way that the TMO works and to take it back and effectively then talk to the local residents."

The council has also been criticised for asking residents to express interest in new property on a website, with some suggesting it's like asking them to "bid" against each other, but the councillor argued "if there is more than one person interested in a particular flat what we will do is we will offer it to one of them, we won’t tell them who else might have looked at it."

Listen to the full interview above

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