A vigil near Grenfell Tower in London [Image: Victoria Jones/PA].

It’s a good point, and the Lancaster West Residents Association is right to make it: How can the Grenfell recovery taskforce by independent if it is based in the local council’s offices?

They’re right to fear a stitch-up.

But these are people who have been vigilant all the way down the line since the fire, back in June.

Let’s hope they stand strong, and get the result they need.

Residents of the estate surrounding Grenfell Tower have condemned the decision to base the the newly appointed recovery taskforce in the offices of Kensington and Chelsea council, warning this undermines the impartiality of the team.

Members of the Lancaster West residents’ association say they were told that the recovery taskforce, as well as being responsible for returning powers from the multi-agency Grenfell fire response team back to the council, would scrutinise council structures and processes.

The government set up the Grenfell fire response team in the wake of the disaster, after Kensington and Chelsea council was severely criticised for its inadequate response.

“We insist that for people appointed to be independent, or allowed to be truly independent, the taskforce should not be located in Kensington Town Hall,” said Andrea Newton, vice-chair of the Lancaster West residents’ association.

Newton said office space near the tower was available and could be used by the team.

Source: Grenfell residents condemn basing of new taskforce in council office | UK news | The Guardian

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