Remembering Grenfell

Published: Tuesday 14 November 2023

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, a memorial commission was set up to ensure that the bereaved families, survivors and North Kensington residents lead decision-making on the long-term future of the Grenfell Tower site.

The Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission has released its report ‘Remembering Grenfell’ which has set out some of the guiding principles, and suggestions for how a suitable, lasting memorial could look.

Cllr Elizabeth Campbell, leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, reaffirmed the Council’s commitment to remembering the lives lost at Grenfell. Speaking as the Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission released its report, she said:


“It is vital that families and local communities continue to have the time, space, and support to make their own choice, and the memorial commission has been instrumental in bringing people together. The report is a welcome sign of progress on the journey to a truly meaningful and lasting memorial, and the Council is ready to support any work that enables a memorial to be established, if asked to do so by those involved.


“The report is a stark reminder of the magnitude of the tragedy and the painful loss experienced by the families of the 72 who lost their lives.


“It also really explores in detail the different views and themes emerging. One thing struck me specifically though, is the fear that somehow Grenfell could be forgotten. I want to be absolutely clear, the organisation I lead will never forget and will do all it can to make sure nobody forgets – ever.


“However the memorial plans develop, we will honour our commitments to change, our commitments to support bereaved and survivors, and our commitments to improve lives, safety and housing in our communities. The Council will always be sorry for the part it played in allowing the tragedy to happen. It is a tragedy that must never happen again."