Grenfell Tower: Kensington council CEO quits after disaster response criticism

Grenfell Tower: Kensington and Chelsea Council Chief Executive resigns following criticism of response to the disaster

Nicholas Holgate has given up his position

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea Council has given up his position in the wake of heavy criticism about the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Nicholas Holgate gave a statement to say the communities and local government secretary, Sajid David, had forced the leader of the council to seek his resignation.

Holgate said it would have been a distraction if he’d stayed in the post following the incident, in which at least 79 people have either been confirmed dead or remain missing.

The statement read: "Serving the families so affected by Grenfell Tower remains the council’s highest priority.

"If I had stayed in my post, my presence would have been a distraction."

The leader of the council, Nicholas Paget-Brown, said he’d accepted the resignation with regret, maintaining that the council will need to work “in a new way with different partners” to deal with the disaster.

The official response to the tragedy has provoked anger from survivors and the families of victims.

Prime Minister Theresa May was heavily criticised after she visited the Grenfell Tower site but did not speak to any residents.