London Assembly work on the Grenfell Tower fire
The Grenfell Tower fire occurred on 14 June 2017 at the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block of flats in North Kensington, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, West London. It caused 72 deaths, according to Scotland Yard.
The London Assembly will keep a close watch on developments and a number of committees, including the GLA Oversight Committee, the Planning Committee and the Housing Committee will examine the issues leading up to the fire, the response to it and the likely repercussions.
GLA Oversight Committee
The GLA Oversight Committee held its first meeting to assess the pan-London response to the fire and whether procedures should be changed to improve responses to future events. The transcript and webcast are available here (starts 2hr 23 mins in).
The second meeting of the GLA Oversight Committee looked in more detail at the Mayor’s role in the response and recovery phases. The webcast is available here.
- We are also planning to look at the issue of how donations were governed and distributed, and what the lessons are for any future events. This will happen in the New Year.
Navin Shah AM led a rapporteurship for the London Assembly Planning Committee into the effectiveness and economic viability of requiring Automatic Fire Suppression Systems (AFSS) in certain London buildings.
His review focused primarily on the costs, benefits and challenges of installing sprinklers, particularly in new residential buildings.
Read the report here