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Community panel to decide future of Grenfell Tower site

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A commission has been announced to enable the Grenfell community to decide the long-term future of the remains of the west London tower and the surrounding site

Survivors, the bereaved and local residents will determine the ‘most fitting and appropriate way’ to remember the 72 victims who died in the fire on 14 June 2017.

The Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission will be comprised of 10 representatives, five of whom will be relatives of those lost in the fire, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The panel will be chaired by an independent representative. 

It was recently announced that the government would retain control over the Grenfell Tower site after an original plan to give responsibility back to Kensington & Chelsea Council sparked outrage.

The decision to set up a panel formalises a longstanding commitment that those most affected by the disaster should decide what will happen to the tower block.

Survivor campaign group Grenfell United’s Adel Chaoui, who lost four family members in the fire, said creating a fitting memorial on the Grenfell tower site was a ’momentous task’.

He said: ’For bereaved families it is the final resting place of the loved ones that we lost in the fire. For the survivors, Grenfell Tower was our home, where we were brought up and raised our families. And for our community it is a part of our shared history.

’We have faith that bereaved families and survivors, working together with the local community will be able to create a fitting memorial to remember the lives lost, ensure what happened is never forgotten and be something this community can hold in their hearts for generations to come.’

Last month, conceptual proposals by architects JAA Studio to clad the remains of Grenfell Tower in black concrete as a memorial to the victims of the fire drew criticism from local MP Emma Dent Coad who blasted the plans as ‘misery porn’.

Over the coming months the community will be asked to nominate their representatives and an independent chairperson will be confirmed.

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Source: Anthony Coleman

 

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