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David Howland

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  • Comment on: Architects break silence on Grenfell

    David Howland's comment 21 June, 2018 9:19 am

    I am a retired firefighter with interest in the Grenfell Tower disaster and not happy with Inquiries so far. The first point I would like to make is to congratulate the architect profession on some reaction to this catstrophy. I remember being disgusted in the wake of the Ronnan Point collapse that the BBC. tv. complained months after the tragedy, they could not get any architect to give an interview on the subject? Now however we have the internet and George Clarke to inform us ordinary ignorant public plebs, this is a great step forward. I realise that you experts feel reluctant to comment when you are not in possession of the full facts, this is something you must get over! The democratic system cannot work unless the public are informed and educated immediately after a disaster. You do not have to comment in detail on things you do not know but you do have expertise, that can be imparted to the benefit to the public and politicians, see the input of George Clarke. You all have valid expert opinions and by keeping them private you have allowed; 1. The Hackitt whitewash which described the situation well but refused to recomend anything that might prevent any loss of life in the future because she did not want to be 'PRESCRIPTIVE'. 2. A hopelessly inefective government white paper that suggests two options that would manage to change hardly anthing at all? 3. An Inquiry hamstrung by many 'expert' advisers impeded by conflicts of interest and terms of reference that prevent it investigating the political erosion of the nation's Building Control System over the last thirty years, that allowed the illegal refurbishment of Grenfell Tower to take place?
    I invite Goerge Clarke and the rest of you experts to join me in campaigning for RESTORATION OF PROPER PHYSICAL TESTING OF NEW BUILDING MATERIALS AND SYTSTEMS BEFORE THE AWARDING OF A CERTIFICATE FOR USE IN BUILDINGS?