Grenfell Tower: Latest

The Council is helping those affected and in need of emergency accommodation. It is also giving financial assistance to cover their immediate needs. 

All residents of Grenfell Tower who have requested help have been placed in hotels. 

We are now looking to source interim accommodation for those Grenfell Tower residents and also trying to assist, where possible, elderly and vulnerable residents from surrounding areas who have been unable to return to their homes due to the safety cordon. 

We plan to house residents of Grenfell Tower as locally as we can.  But we may well need help from our close neighbours. We want to rehouse people in a good home as quickly as we can. The Council is committed to looking after the immediate and longer-term housing needs of all those affected by the fire.  

We are still placing households and housing officers are continuing to work to provide assistance and support. 

The Westway Sports Centre, Crowthorne Road, W10 6RP, is now the Family and Friends Reception and is being staffed by the police. 

Kensington Leisure Centre remains closed to the public as it is being used as a rest stop and staging area to support the emergency services and the local community.

We have heard a number of theories about the cause of the fire at Grenfell Tower.  All of these will be thoroughly investigated as part of the formal investigation which has already begun.

Commenting on the fire Council Leader, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown said:

“This is a terrible day for Kensington and Chelsea and we are doing all we can to support the victims and their families."

“At present all our focus has to be on supporting the rescue and relief operation. But the cause of the fire will need to be fully investigated and we will keep people informed.” 

Wednesday 14 June 2017
View Council Leader, Cllr Nick Paget-Brown's latest statement on his blog.

A Book of Condolence has been opened at Kensington Town Hall. A Book of Condolence will also be opened nearer to the site of the fire as soon as that can be done without impeding the work of the emergency services.

The Union flag flies at half-mast at Kensington Town Hall.