Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tower Block's Grenfell Message

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Tower Block's Grenfell Message

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON Reporter

ATOWER block in Newcastle became the centre of attention in a national campaign to make buildings safer two years after the terrible fire at Grenfell.

Campaigners at Grenfell United shone a spotlight on unsafe tower blocks on the second anniversary of the disaster yesterday.

The blaze broke out in the 24-storey block of flats in North Kensington, West London, during the early hours, killing 72 people and injuring more than 70.

Ahead of the anniversary, survivors and bereaved families sent a message to the Government to demand change to make high-rise towers safe.

Projecting messages on to the 25-storey Cruddas Park House in Newcastle, as well as blocks in Manchester and London, the group shone a spotlight on fire safety issues that they say have not been resolved.

Natasha Elcock, chair of Grenfell United and a survivor from the tower, said: "We needed to send a strong message.

"It's been two years since Grenfell and people are still going to bed at night worried that a fire like Grenfell could happen to them. After the fire we were promised that blocks would be made safe. Two years later we cannot wait any longer, we need action now so everyone is safe in their homes."

Each message projected on to the blocks highlighted a genuine safety concern of the residents who live in that exact block.

On Cruddas Park House it read: "2 years after Grenfell and the fire doors in this building still don't work".

Grenfell United is calling for tower blocks to be made safe and for residents to be listened to and treated with respect.

They want to see: safe fire doors in all blocks, sprinklers in blocks to keep fire escapes clear and for all dangerous cladding to be removed.

They are also calling for the Government to introduce a new separate housing regulator that would put residents' concerns over the profits of housing associations and ensure residents were listened to and their issues acted upon. …

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