Community group Grenfell United say they’re “shocked” by the decision.
Government sources have said they are moving to demolish Grenfell Tower without consultation of survivors and bereaved family members of the 72 people who tragically lost their lives.
Whitehall sources apparently told the Sunday Times that the building poses a health and safety risk and that it should be “unambiguously and unanimously” removed and “carefully taken down”.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) took ownership of the building in 2018 and promised that it will not be demolished before the fifth anniversary of the fire (2022).
However, this appears not to be true. A statement by the group Grenfell United was released in reaction to the article in the Sunday newspaper:
“The government has engaged with fewer than 10 of the bereaved and survivors on this matter to date. How can the tower be demolished before the legal process concludes, when no judge in the land can confirm it won’t hinder future criminal prosecutions? Justice is important to us all and anything that may prevent justice must not be an option.
“Many of the Grenfell community accept the removal of the tower will always be a case of when, not if, but the timeline needs to be decided by the bereaved, survivors and community, not the government – who have done nothing to make the changes needed to prevent it happening again.”
This announcement comes as a shock and disbelief to campaigners who felt that the MHCLG might keep their word. Though many weren’t surprised.
Accountability of the causes and attitudes towards the fire have not satisfied survivors, the bereaved or the public. Many practices have been discovered in established tower blocks and the government are yet to provide survivors and residents of existing ones with a satisfactory solution nor have they held anyone accountable for what happened.