Residents in Grenfell Tower were repeatedly reassured about fire safety by their landlord, according to local councillor Judith Blakeman.
She told the Press Association residents had expressed concerns about fire safety in the block “over several years” and have constantly been reassured by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (KCTMO), which runs the council’s homes.
Blakeman said: “The residents have expressed concern over several years about the fire safety at the block and they’ve constantly been reassured, (being told), ‘No, it’s ok, your flat is secure for an hour unless you’re close to the fire. Stay in your flat and you’ll be rescued within the hour by the fire brigade’.
“The fire brigade have undertaken a recent inspection and said it’s ok, because the residents kept demanding it and we kept demanding it on behalf of the residents.
“Obviously I’ve raised these issues about Grenfell Tower at the board as well. It’s all, ‘Don’t worry, it’s ok’.