Grenfell Tower: 'The inquiry must move at a pace the survivors can cope with', says Labour councillor

Grenfell Tower: 'The inquiry must move at a pace the survivors can cope with', says Labour councillor

Sir Martin Moore-Bick was heckled at a Grenfell Tower meeting

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Grenfell Tower inquiry must move at a pace the survivors can cope with and evidence must be provided that they have been consulted, according to a Labour councillor.

Head of the Grenfell Tower inquiry Sir Martin Moore-Bick was heckled by residents and survivors of the fire at a meeting last night (July 6). A video of the exchange can be seen here.

Robert Atkinson, Labour councillor in the Notting Dale ward where Grenfell Tower sits, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "We have to try and move at the pace of which the survivors can cope with these things."

However, "the Prime Minister promised the residents would be involved" so therefore we "need to have evidence that [residents] are being consulted and that both sides start to understand the needs of each other.

"The residents aren’t going to trust people unless they understand and have a say into what is to be decided."

Atkinson also claims "there is quite a lot of misinformation being put around about the nature of people who lived in the tower."

He added that "most residents have good reasons for taking their time" on accepting new properties, and he believes "the families of Grenfell Tower cannot be rehoused solely at the expense of other people on the waiting list."

But he argues the council "has reserves of £300 million so it’s not a question of shortage of money" and "there are extra properties available."

Listen to the full interview above