Grenfall Tower Tragedy

The tragic events of last Wednesday morning at Grenfall Tower couldn’t fail to move you, and my thoughts and best wishes are with both the victims, and the families of those who were hurt or killed in this national tragedy. Our thanks should also be given to those emergency services and volunteers who witnessed first hand this terrible story unfold, I hope they get all the aftercare and support they need.

As a local councillor, I and the rest of my colleagues in Lewisham Labour Group, are clear that we want to ensure the safety of our residents, either directly in Lewisham Homes or in partner Registered Social Landlords. Sir Steve Bullock – Mayor of Lewisham has been quick to task the relevant Executive Officers to move forward to ensure that we’re doing everything possible to mitigate risks. A letter detailing this actions is laid out below.


I and other councillors will be meeting with key Lewisham Council staff tonight to discuss further our response and to review any learning, as well as consider our political response — the UK needs to ensure that it upholds the highest standards of health and safety and in particular fire safety; there are going to be some serious questions from the public enquiry.

Leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn wrote to the Prime Minister Theresa May last week setting out his and the Parliamentary Labour Party initial questions about the Public Enquiry, support for families, and outlining the Labour Party’s gratitude to those Emergency Services who dealt with the aftermath.

How Lewisham is helping

Lewisham Council also hasn’t been inwards looking during this horrific incident, we sent a number of officers to Kensington and Chelsea to help their staff in running rest centres and supporting residents made homeless by the fire, and stand ready to offer further support along with our fellow boroughs across London. 

How you can help

Lewisham Council are also encouraging those residents who want to help to donate to the Grenfell Tower Appeal set up by the Kensington and Chelsea Foundation.

https://thekandcfoundation.com/donate/
https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/kandcfoundation/grenfell-tower

No trick or treat poster

Happy Hallowe’en from Lewisham Police but remember…

Original article here

At the start of what is traditionally one of the busiest periods of the year for incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour, Lewisham Borough Police along with Lewisham Council and the London Fire Brigade will be working to make sure Halloween and Bonfire Night are enjoyed responsibly and safely.

Operation Autumn Nights will see an increased visible policing presence around the borough to deter anti-social behaviour, disorder and crime. Lewisham Council staff are also busy identifying potential fire hazards so that they are removed immediately. The London Fire Brigade will be patrolling areas where there have been instances of street arson, e.g. people setting fire to bins, or dumped mattresses.

Lewisham Council will also be checking that shops are not selling fireworks illegally to minors, and also to ensure that the fireworks being sold meet safety standards.

Lewisham Police along with Lewisham Council are asking those that do decide to go trick or treating to respect the wishes of householders and to think about which doors they knock on, and not to knock where they see a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster on display.

Householders can download the a ‘No Trick or Treat’ poster from this page

Sorry No Trick or Treat poster for display (232 KB)

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