The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that AECOM - the independent specialist - has started work on delivering Stage 1 of the environmental checks in the North Kensington area and they expect work to take about three months.
A series of community events have been organised to keep residents informed and updated as well as to ensure they are involved every step of the way.
MHCLG committed that residents would be able to influence the design and implementation of the investigation, in particular to inform the scope and locations of the soil sampling.
They will be holding two identical workshops on different days to enable as many people as possible to attend. These are drop-in events and the same information will be provided at both events, so you only need to attend one.
These drop-ins will be held on:
- Thursday 25 April - drop in anytime between 2.30pm and 7pm at Bay 20, 71 St Mark’s Road, London W10 6JG
- Saturday 27 April - drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm, at Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Rd, London W10 6EX
Members of the Science Advisory Group – providing independent scientific assurance - will also be attending the community workshops. This will give you the opportunity to speak to them about the science behind the environmental checks programme.
What happens next?
Stage 1 involves collating all relevant background information to identify the areas where the main stage of sampling should be undertaken. It will include background research, and also:
- Exploratory sampling in priority areas to test where to carry out the main investigation and informed by the consultation workshops.
- A walkover of the site, to survey the area. MHCLG has a limited number of spaces for residents to be able to observe this survey and will be asking community organisations to nominate attendees.
- Further community workshops at the end of Stage 1 to share the initial findings and seek views on the approach to Stage 2.
MHCLG will film the site walkover and exploratory sampling so that, if you are interested, you can watch it taking place on the Nextdoor website and app.
If you would like to speak to a member of the Government Project Team or NHS, they are continuing their weekly drop-in sessions at The Curve, Bard Road, every Tuesday afternoon.
During the school holidays, they will also be available on:
- Thursday 11 April - Bay 20, 71 St Mark's Road, W10 6JG from 2pm to 6pm (joined by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser after 4pm)
- Saturday 13 April - Voices of Inspiration Easter Street Party, Powis Square, Notting Hill, W11 2BN.
- Thursday 18 April - Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Rd, London W10 5YG from 11am to 1pm
You can contact MHCLG by email.
For the most up-to-date information, you can download the Nextdoor app on iOS and Android devices or visit www.nextdoor.co.uk and search for Grenfell Community Updates - HM Government.