'If lessons learned from Lakanal House fire were applied, Grenfell Tower fire may not have happened'

'If lessons learned from Lakanal House fire were applied, Grenfell Tower fire may not have happened'

Baroness Jenny Jones thinks new building regulations are needed

Thursday, July 20, 2017

If lessons from the Lakanal House fire had been applied all over the country the Grenfell Tower fire may not have happened, says Baroness Jenny Jones.

A public meeting about the Grenfell Tower fire was held on Wednesday (July 19), however council leader Elizabeth Campbell was heckled and booed by local residents.

Jones has led calls for an inquiry into a previous tower block fire, the Lakanal House disaster of 2009 in which six people died. Until Grenfell, it was Britain's worst tower block disaster.

She told Sam Delaney: "If the lessons we learned at Lakanal had been applied the Grenfell Tower fire might not have happened.

Lessons that already had been learned, she said, were "things like the advice to stay in your flat. The lack of sprinklers. The cladding itself was very combustible."

She claimed we now need "a Government with new building regulations that covers all this sort of equipment and cladding that could possibly cause problems in the future."

The former chair of the London Assembly Planning and Housing Committee added: "The meeting that happened [on Wednesday] was very moving in a way because people were so upset and I think it is probably time for the council to step down."

The council, she said, "should have had a plan that could have been escalated expanded" as soon as the fire happened.

Listen to the full interview above

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