Cllr Rock Feilding-Mellen - statement
This is my first written statement since the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower and I would like to start by expressing the deep sorrow, grief, and shock that I share with everyone else who lives in North Kensington. It was the most horrific and traumatic tragedy, which will affect all those who lived through it or witnessed it for many years to come. It is almost unbelievable that such a horrendous event could happen in the United Kingdom in the twenty-first century. Like all my neighbours, I feel heartbroken and my most deeply felt condolences go out to those who have lost their loved ones.
I have served as a Councillor since 2006 and was appointed Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Housing, Property and Regeneration in 2013. I have always tried my utmost to meet my responsibilities with integrity, hard work, and a commitment to serving the interests of all residents of the borough. It has been suggested several times since the tragic event of the 14 June that I should resign, but until now I have felt that it was my duty to do whatever I could personally to back the Council’s efforts to help the fire’s victims, to encourage all of the dedicated officers within the Council as they worked tirelessly for the relief effort, and to support the Council’s Leader. It will be for others to judge whether it would have been better for me to resign immediately, but I would have found it hard to forgive myself if I had ducked out at such a moment of crisis for the borough.
Nick has now announced his decision to resign as Leader, and so I will no longer be Deputy Leader. I will continue to serve the residents of the Borough as best I can as a Councillor, and I will of course co-operate in full with the public inquiry.
Deputy Leader, Royal Borough