Council leader and Chief Executive join minute’s silence in respect of Grenfell victims

19 June, 2017

Written by: Communications Team

Council news

Update:  For all fire safety and updates following the Grenfell Tower fire please visit www.lambeth.gov.uk/firesafety


Lambeth council leader, Cllr Lib Peck, and Chief Executive Sean Harriss have released the following updated statement after observing a minute of silence for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire this morning, alongside council staff and visitors:

Council leader councillor Lib Peck and chief executive Sean Harriss join staff and visitors in observing minue's silence to respect victims of the Grenfell Tower fire

Following the horrific Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington on Wednesday it’s important to state that our thoughts are with the victims, their loved ones and all those affected. The scenes we have witnessed over the last five-days have been beyond belief, and witnessing the pain of the affected community in west London is utterly heartbreaking.

To honour all those touched by this disastrous loss of life a minute’s silence was observed today at 11am across the country as a mark of respect. All council staff joined this memorial. The Union flags flying over Olive Morris House have been dropped to half-mast.

We both also want to take this opportunity to thank the Lambeth Council staff members from across the organisation who joined our rapid response to calls from Kensington and Chelsea Council for help in coping with this disastrous incident.

Social workers from our Adult & Children’s Social Care have been volunteering to support the Grenfell Tower fire victims over the weekend, education staff have been volunteering to help support to schools and our staff have also answered the west London council’s request for help at its emergency centre.

Meanwhile our community has shown its own resilience by coming together and collecting a huge amounts of goods for people in need. A convoy of cars from Lambeth took all sorts of essentials across town to help the former residents of Grenfell Tower.

It’s important to note that in the wake of the fire Lambeth officers have confirmed that all Lambeth Housing structures have an up-to-date fire risk assessment.

There are a range of further actions required as a result of the assessments which are being followed up. As we know more about the cause of the fire, lessons learnt and good practice will follow which will be reviewed alongside Lambeth procedures.

Finally the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation is running a Grenfell Tower appeal for funding, with every penny raised going to those affected. For more information and to donate visit justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/kandcfoundation/grenfell-tower.

1 Thought on “Council leader and Chief Executive join minute’s silence in respect of Grenfell victims

  1. VANESSA S says:

    WHILE I AM PLEASED LAMBETH STAFF CONTRIBUTED TO THE RELIEF EFFORT FOR THE GRENFELL RESIDENTS, WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE NATURE OF THE WORK OUTSTANDING FORM FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS ON LAMBETH TOWER BLOCKS AND THE TIMESCALE FOR COMPLETING THEM. IN ADDITION,THE GRENFELL TRAGEDY SHOWED THAT THE FIRE RISK ASSESSMENTS WERE INADEQUATE SO WILL ALL FLATS OR FLOORS BE FITTED WITH SPRINKLERS AND IS ANY CLADDING SAFE? IN THE MEANTIME, EVERY FLAT SHOULD BE SUPPLIED WITH A FIRE EXTINGUISHER AND FIRE BLANKET AND FIRE DRILLS SHOULD BE CARRIED OUT WHEN MOST FLATS ARE OCCUPIED NOT WHEN MOST ARE AT WORK OR SCHOOL

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