Grenfell United calls on the community to be part of a new forum

BBC Sport’s Aimee Phillips reports from Grenfell Tower Grenfell United, the group that sprung into action following the fire at Grenfell Tower, has launched a new forum to encourage dialogue and ensure residents feel…

Grenfell United calls on the community to be part of a new forum

BBC Sport’s Aimee Phillips reports from Grenfell Tower

Grenfell United, the group that sprung into action following the fire at Grenfell Tower, has launched a new forum to encourage dialogue and ensure residents feel part of the movement.

Volunteers in the Kensington and Chelsea borough called a silent march against austerity for Saturday, but organisers announced they would no longer be holding it because the borough has not yet met their set criteria for their next planned assembly.

We are shocked and disgusted by the slow progress on the process that is taking place in the borough, which is a very simple thing, they weren’t meeting our set criteria A community member

Senior management at Kensington and Chelsea council have agreed to appoint its first community engagement officer, but a date has not yet been set.

“As a community, we need to start treating each other with respect,” said Julia Montague, the group’s chair.

“Councils don’t do that, because politicians have forgotten we’re real people. Local authority staff don’t do that because they are scared of politics.

“We need to start showing how we can change local government and politicians need to sit down and explain what they intend to do.”

After initially calling the silent march a ‘frankenfreeze’, Ms Montague has now confirmed that the BBC is providing a lot of media coverage for the event, and has promised to go live if there are any problems.

“There’s no problem, we don’t call it that,” she said. “It’s been a real honour and privilege to work with Grenfell United and to see so many people participating in the discussions.”

Anti-cuts groups remain, like all communities in the country, unhappy about the slow pace of politicians delivering support.

“We are shocked and disgusted by the slow progress on the process that is taking place in the borough, which is a very simple thing, they weren’t meeting our set criteria,” said a community member, who asked not to be named.

“There was a meeting a few weeks ago and (afterwards) council staff were absolutely in shock and they looked at us and said ‘we never expected you to do something like this’.”

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