The Royal Borough’s Cabinet met today. It started with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The Leader then read out a statement which has now been published.
The Cabinet meeting was arranged as a Private Meeting because of the potential public disorder and the assaults on staff after the protests at the Town Hall in the previous weeks. However, members of the press sought and acquired an injunction which was served on the Council shortly before the Cabinet meeting started.
Members of the press therefore joined the meeting after it had started.
The Cabinet received legal advice that in order not to prejudice the public inquiry the meeting could not proceed as it would not be possible to restrict the discussions without straying into areas that would fall within the remit of the public Inquiry. The Leader of the Council therefore closed the meeting. We will explore opportunities for open discussions that do not prejudice the public inquiry.