Today, Friday 14 June, marks two years since the Grenfell Tower tragedy in North Kensington in which 72 people lost their lives.
This morning, Lewisham Homes field staff and Lewisham’s Cabinet Member for Housing Paul Bell gathered to mark the anniversary, wearing green t-shirts in support of Grenfell United’s #Green4Grenfell campaign.
The day is an opportunity to remember those lost or affected by the fire, the largest loss of life in this way since the Second World War. It is also a day to celebrate community, in recognition of the thousands of volunteers and good neighbours who helped those affected in the days following the fire and afterwards.
The aftermath of the fire saw a renewed focus on fire safety in social housing, and our new Corporate Plan places safety at its centre. We have removed dangerous cladding from three of our buildings, and our new homes in Blackheath feature integrated sprinkler systems. Our new mission statement is to provide safe, quality homes, deliver efficient services and enhance life chances, and we will continue to focus on this going forward.
Councillor Bell said: “The two-year anniversary of Grenfell marks the fact that some people are still displaced from their homes, and the fact that the disaster should never have happened. It’s a human tragedy, and we need to focus on everything we can do in Lewisham to improve, and safeguard and protect our residents who are our number one priority.”