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PostSubject: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:16 am

So glad that at last common sense prevails and these people are safe.

Let's hope it happens countrywide. Recently a block of flats where my ex mother in law lived was demolished. They have built some lovely social housing for the tenants, new shops,  GP surgery, community centre.

Looks fantastic and all are happy 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-40389148
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:35 pm

Bit abrupt how the council instigated it though.
Given a couple of hours notice and turfed out of your home late on a Friday night .. and if you have nowhere to go you're offered an airbed in a leisure centre.

The repair words are estimated to take one to two months.
It's all becoming a bit of a shambles.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:40 pm

Doubly a shambles  ...
This morning the council have said one block didn't need to be evacuated and have allowed the residents back.

Makes you wonder if anyone actually knows what is going on.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:03 pm

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Doubly a shambles  ...
This morning the council have said one block didn't need to be evacuated and have allowed the residents back.

Makes you wonder if anyone actually knows what is going on.
 Disrupting families again.

It is indeed a shambles bet the old chestnut will come out. We will learn lessons from our mistakes.

I just try to imagine me being disrupted. What do you take ? Some have pets too.

That vision of that tower block ablaze still haunts my thoughts and the people and their thoughts.

Had a few sleepless nights I can tell you.

Let's open these empty flats brought by wealthy businessmen who have never lived in them. We know in our hearts that won't happen sadly  oh no
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:11 pm

But what do you do with so many people if you do evacuate them?

Where to?
Semi-permanent residence in hotels?
That leisure centre is a rubbish idea. The airbeds are no more than two foot apart on the floor. What about privacy? Cooking? Washing and toilet facilities. Is this supposed to be for 1 to 2 months?

Requisitioning empty flats is actually a worse solution.
Private property is private property and I'd shudder to see the day come when a government commandeers it to solve a housing shortage, albeit a temporary.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:38 pm

Hitler had some stranger ideas for thinning out the population.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:58 pm

Build more social housing abandoned many years ago by successive governments. 

Buying your own council house was great for many years ago both my mother in laws did and have lovely homes. Including my brothers in laws who refused to buy theirs, Ron had his head screwed on as the council, put central heating in, double glazing the works. I think we seem to focus on us getting mortgages at an early age. I just seemed natural to me. I think there were other options like Co ownership at the time. Could have been a better option, maybe.

Social housing was never replaced or restocked to the numbers that were needed vastly 
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Our one son has brought but at a struggle needing a bit of help from us. Out other still in over inflated payments  renting, one months in advance, bond extra. His lease ends in 6 months.

I think a fairer system should be brought,in whereby youngsters can part buy a property if they wish or not  but with protection from rent rises etc.

Why do we have this inbuilt scheme to necessarily  own all of our home, with so easy  for some youngsters, not all expecting to inherit their parents home. There should be easier ways for them to attain their own housing. 


I will quote a friend, she married a man, second marriage whose children took an instant dislike to her. My friend is the kindest nicest lady you wish to meet. She tried all sorts to win them round but they were playing dad and step mum against each other. These were not kids but in their twenties. Only wanted dad as a cash machine. Never would come to see him which broke his heart

Got what they wanted each time.

Last year the dad finally sussed and said no more.

The daughter rang my friend who is now 28 renting demanding more money,.

When it was refused she turned around to my friend and said, that's alright Dad has willed the house to both of us  one day you will be out on your ear, we hate you anyway?.

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I am surprised that you feel wealthy Arabs and other nationalities in Kensington  cannot spare their homes for a few months in a desperate situation for a few months till at least alternative arrangements can be found.  This was a profound tradegy of unprecedented  proportion. Not simply a house fire
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:09 pm

catgate wrote:
Hitler had some stranger ideas for thinning out the population.


Never a truer word said ... he provided the accommodation and the extermination.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:36 pm

It's become a difficult situation. People in similar accommodation worried when they go to sleep at night and understandably wanting something done. Is it better that the building is sorted out gradually while people stay in their flats, so living with the risk? Or should they be taken out of the worrying situation immediately so that the risk to life that exists in the towers is gone at a stroke?

Safest is leaving the building but that's far more disruptive than staying in it while the safety measures are being carried out. There is no good solution.

The situation should never have arisen of course but given that it has, I think getting people out is perhaps the best option. Could any Council be forgiven if the same thing happened to another tower-block full of people when they'd seen what happened to Grenfell Tower. Could they forgive themselves if they left people in buildings that can quickly become death traps?
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:29 pm

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I am surprised that you feel wealthy Arabs and other nationalities in Kensington  cannot spare their homes for a few months in a desperate situation for a few months till at least alternative arrangements can be found.  This was a profound tradegy of unprecedented  proportion. Not simply a house fire

Why surprised? And why just Arabs? There are Russian oligarchs .. a few embassies with a few spare rooms ... a few politicians with weekend flats .. a few city types who own London pads.

It's not the answer to solving a housing shortage, however temporary as it undermines the whole concept of home ownership. If an owner volunteers that is fine but not to commandeer them.

Besides, the shortage of social housing is not the issue here. That's another problem entirely which has worsened under successive governments. I could be wrong but believe that about 1 million houses have been purchased by tenants since the Right To By scheme first came in. One could say .. the tenants should never have been offered the right to buy them as that also undermines the whole concept of cheap, affordable housing for people who have hit hard times and struggle to pay for a roof over their heads.

Councils got fed up of having to maintain their housing stock so offloaded it cheap.
They also unfailingly accept the cheapest tender for any contractual work undertaken on them.
Which probably accounts for the horrendous fire at Grenfell towers. He should not and need not ever have happened.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:35 pm

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It's become a difficult situation. People in similar accommodation worried when they go to sleep at night and understandably wanting something done. Is it better that the building is sorted out gradually while people stay in their flats, so living with the risk? Or should they be taken out of the worrying situation immediately so that the risk to life that exists in the towers is gone at a stroke?

Safest is leaving the building but that's far more disruptive than staying in it while the safety measures are being carried out. There is no good solution.

The situation should never have arisen of course but given that it has, I think getting people out is perhaps the best option. Could any Council be forgiven if the same thing happened to another tower-block full of people when they'd seen what happened to Grenfell Tower. Could they forgive themselves if they left people in buildings that can quickly become death traps?


Safety must come first ... imagine if there was another fire and any council now had to own up to knowing about the hazards.
They're covering themselves. I expect that's why Camden councils evacuation last night seemed to be such a knee jerk reaction and ill-prepared, ill thought out and literally evicted people from their homes at a ridiculous time with so little forewarning. There were women with babies who should have been tucked up in bed.

I haven't followed the news today but gather that some are refusing to leave.
Faced with the police stepping in I wonder what will happen to them.
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PostSubject: Re: Flats Evacuated in London   Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:57 pm

They will have to either remove all the cladding or evac and rehouse the tenants, because in this bloody country there is always the chance that a fire will be started deliberately by some lunatic who should be in jail or in hospital
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