Grenfell Tower: 'People want to know why the council was so pathetic', says councillor Robert Atkinson

Grenfell Tower: 'People want to know why the council's response was pathetic', says councillor Robert Atkinson

Councillor Robert Atkinson spoke to Julia Hartley-Brewer about the inquiry consultation

Friday, August 4, 2017

A councillor from the local council where Grenfell Tower is located said the public want as broad an inquiry as possible.

The consultation on the terms to be used in the Grenfell Tower inquiry remit will close at 5pm on Friday. 

There are believed to be roughly 300 submissions from various individuals, politicians, faith leaders, and numerous members of the community. 

Councillor Robert Atkinson, who is the Labour leader in Kensington and Chelsea Council and represents Notting Dale Ward, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "People want things to be as broad as possible. They don't just want a technical study of what happened on the night.

"They want to go back to how the contracts were first given out, bearing in mind it's the wealthiest local authority in Europe.

"They want to find out why fire regulations [were] not updated when there had been similar cases, if less tragic, in recent years.

"They want to know why the council’s response was as pathetic as it was after the fire had happened."

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