Statement from the Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Rachael Robathan: “With the tragic news of the Grenfell Tower block fire in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, our first thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who have been affected by this dreadful fire. We pay tribute to the heroic actions and bravery of our emergency services as they continue to respond to this horrendous incident.
“We are offering all the support we can to our neighbouring borough to help those affected in any practical way we can. This includes Westminster staff working in the respite centres, offering accommodation for those who have lost their homes and access to our housing options service to help with rehousing.
“We understand how concerned people will be about what has happened, which is why we want to reassure everyone that Westminster makes safety our number one priority. Whilst the investigation is likely to take some time to find out what happened, we have taken immediate action and today reviewed our fire risk assessment policy.
“We also want to make sure people know what to do in the event of a fire. The fire action plan for tower blocks is clearly displayed in the communal entrance of these buildings, which lets people know what to do in the event of a fire. This plan is tailored to each block and has been created with specific buildings in mind.
“Staff from CityWest Homes are out on the estates and will be available over the coming weeks to help answer any questions people may have. We are asking people with particular concerns about their building or who are unclear about what to do in the event of a fire to get in touch with us. We know that everyone’s thoughts will be with those affected by the fire and we will do all we can to help and support them.”
Visit the CityWest Homes website for fire safety advice.
Further advice and information is available on the London Fire Brigade website, specifically for people who live in flats and maisonettes.
The Leader of Westminster City Council, Cllr Nickie Aiken, said: “Like all Londoners, I have been left truly shocked and appalled by the serious incident at Grenfell Tower. Our thoughts are with everyone who is affected by this horrendous fire. I want to pay tribute to the emergency services, who have rushed into a dangerous situation with just one thing on their mind – the safety of others. They do an incredible job.
“As this emergency continues to unfold, we have already been in contact with our neighbouring borough to offer whatever practical support and assistance they need. This includes accommodation for Grenfell Tower residents and any other help we can give.
“Whilst we will need to await the results of any investigation to see what lessons need to be learned, we have already taken action to review the fire safety regime in our tower blocks. The safety of residents in Westminster is our number one priority.”