Report on the Procurement Steering Workshop

The Procurement Workshop was held 9th May and was attended by 29 residents. We have been sent the following report by James Caspell, Neighbourhood Director of the W11 team. The documents are below:

Dear all,

 

Thanks again to 29 residents who were able to attend the Procurement Steering Workshop on 9th May 2019.  Together, we explored a number of issues, agreed a clear way forward, and generated some fantastic ideas about how we can provide residents with the assurances and oversight you are looking for throughout the procurement process.

 

Attached is 1) Summary report, 2) Workshop slides, and 3) Workshop exercise results on slides - which capture the issues discussed and raised, and how we will take these forwards. 

 

We will publish these documents online, however please feel free to forwards to residents in your block if you think this would be helpful.

 

We will now work with the four project areas of the estate in the weeks ahead to develop a local programme based on the existing budget.  We will of course be in touch with a range of suppliers and engagement opportunities to ensure we maximise choice and engagement for each type of supplier, particularly for those who will be undertaking health and safety works, and also undertaking works in your homes and blocks.

 

n.b. In relation to the  concerns raised at the beginning of the workshop concerning soil and air quality, we are developing a short document which will set out which public agencies are leading on the various issues affecting the estate, from repairs and refurbishment, to soil and air testing, and the removal of the bagged material from under the Walkways.  I’m pleased to confirm that the removal of the bagged material is now complete.  The LWRA will be inspecting the garages to confirm this.  RBKC will put in place a written agreement with the government that no further debris from Grenfell Tower will be stored underneath residential properties moving forwards.

 

Kind regards,

James

1) Summary report

2) Workshop Slides

3) Workshop exercise results on slides

Stage 1 of the Environmental Checks - Community Consultation Events

Please see below and attached update from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government regarding the environmental checks to be carried out on the estate.

In brief:

• AECOM has started work on delivering Stage 1 of the environmental checks – we expect this stage to take about three months from start to finish.

• There will be a variety of ways for the community to be involved, starting with consultation workshops on Thursday 25th and Saturday 27th April immediately after the upcoming school holidays.

• Further drop-in sessions are available over the coming weeks if you have any concerns or questions.

AECOM

Following their appointment, AECOM – the independent specialist contracted to undertake Stage 1 of the environmental checks – has now started their work.

You may see them – as well as other experts - in the local area as they start the surveying and testing. If you have any concerns about their presence, please contact us (details below).

Consultation Workshops

We committed that residents would be able to influence the design and implementation of the investigation, in particular to inform the scope and locations of the soil sampling.

We will be holding two identical workshops on different days to enable as many people as possible to attend. Please note these are drop in events and it will be the same information at both, so you only need to attend one.

These will be on:

Thursday 25th April - drop in anytime between 2.30pm and 7pm at Bay 20, 71 St Mark’s Road, London W10 6JG, and

Saturday 27th April - drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm, at Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Rd, London W10 6EX.

Please look out for the invitation with more details, which will be coming soon.

Members of the Science Advisory Group – providing independent scientific assurance - will also be attending the community workshops. This will give you the opportunity to speak to them about the science behind the environmental checks programme.

What happens next?

Stage 1 involves collating all relevant background information to identify the areas where the main stage of sampling should be undertaken. It will include background research, and also:

• Exploratory sampling in priority areas to test where to carry out the main investigation and informed by the consultation workshops.

• A walkover of the site, to survey the area. We have a limited number of spaces for residents to be able to observe this survey and will be asking community organisations to nominate attendees.

• Further community workshops at the end of Stage 1 to share the initial findings and seek views on the approach to Stage 2.

We will film the site walkover and exploratory sampling so that, if you are interested, you can watch it taking place on the Nextdoor website and app.

Further information

If you would like to speak to a member of the Government Project Team or NHS, we are continuing our weekly drop-in sessions at The Curve, Bard Road, every Tuesday afternoon.

During the school holidays, we will also be available at:

Thursday 11th April - Bay 20, 71 St Mark's Road, W10 6JG between 2 – 6pm (joined by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser after 4pm).

Saturday 13th April - Voices of Inspiration Easter Street Party, Powis Square, Notting Hill, W11 2BN.

Thursday 18th April - Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre, 244 Acklam Rd, London W10 5YG between 11am – 1pm.

Contact us

You can contact us by:

Email – environmental-checks@communities.gov.uk

Telephone – 0303 444 0078

For the most up-to-date information, you can download the Nextdoor app on iOS and Android devices or visit www.nextdoor.co.uk and search for Grenfell Community Updates - HM Government.

Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

9 April 2019

REOPENING OF 300s ACCESS

Dear Resident,

Reopening of entrances to the 300s via Grenfell Walk

I’m writing to let you know that as of Monday 1 April 2019, we will be reopening the entrances to the 300s properties of Hurstway Walk, Testerton Walk and Barandon Walk, via Station Walk and Grenfell Walk.

Existing access via respective 400s and 500s entrances will remain for all residents, to provide maximum choice when accessing your home.

Regular security patrols will take place 24 hours per day, and CCTV has been installed to ensure everyone can safely get to and from their home.

The reopening follows agreement with residents at a workshop held on Thursday 21st March 2019. The workshop gave all residents of the 300s and Grenfell Walk the opportunity to discuss longer term ideas for the hoarding, lighting and other features to be installed along Grenfell Walk and the approach to it.

To enable the reopening of these entrances, we have:

  • Undertaken three walkabouts with residents to decide how to make the approach as safe and welcoming as possible

  • Repaired the intercoms for the 300s, fixed outdoor lighting and CCTV

  • Installed hoarding to secure the site and protect Grenfell Walk homes from intrusion

  • Cleaned the drains and removed the tarpaulin from within the three Walkways

Friday 29 March 2019

  • Jet washed Station Walk and the approaching ramp By the end of April 2019, we will also have:

  • Moved the fire wardens into an empty property in the 300s (from 501 Hurstway Walk)

  • Placed olive trees by each entrance, modernised the lighting, and provided tree surrounds to improve the environment

  • Replaced boarded portholes with frosted glass

  • Installed refuse bins to reduce likelihood of littering

  • Installed signage asking visitors to respect the local community and their right to privacy

  • Repainted door entrances, doors frames, handrails, stairs and renewal of lighting

  • Repaved path from Station Walk where uneven, adjacent to the bus stop

    Finally, we have agreed to support a cross-community arts project – led by residents – which will take place to ensure the hoarding is welcoming, inviting and reflects the diversity and resilience of the local community. If you would be interested in taking part in this cross-community project, please contact the Lancaster West Residents’ Association at arts@lancwestra.com.

    If you have a problem with fob access, please pop in to Unit 7, Baseline Studios between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.

    Thank you for your patience during the time the entrances could not be used, and if you have any immediate ideas or concerns please email me at james.caspell@rbkc.gov.uk

    Kind regards,

    James Caspell Neighbourhood Director

    Unit 3, Baseline Studios, Whitchurch Road, London

    W11 4AT

UPDATE: Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission

A brief update from MHCLG:

"In February we sent leaflets to Lancaster West estate residents setting out our proposal for how the Memorial Commission’s community representatives will be chosen, and seeking views from residents. We also wrote to bereaved families and former residents of Grenfell Tower and Grenfell Walk setting out the same.

We received a number of comments in feedback which we are currently working through, and we hope to be able to confirm the next steps as soon as we can. We apologise for any frustration or uncertainty caused by the delay (given that the leaflet said we hoped to start voting from 4th March) and please do refer any questions to [the Secretariat]. We hope to be able to update the Committee and all LW residents soon."

ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKS: CONFIRMATION OF INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR

See below and attached correspondence from MHCLG:

Dear all,

ADDITIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHECKS: CONFIRMATION OF INDEPENDENT SPECIALIST CONTRACTOR

We wrote to you earlier this week to update you on the progress we are making in conducting environmental checks within the North Kensington area, following the commitment we gave you.

We are pleased to confirm that we have now appointed an independent specialist contractor, AECOM, to undertake the first stage of checks.

The first stage involves an investigation of the local area and gathering all relevant background information, including a site survey and any potential historical sources of pollution. An ‘initial risk assessment’ report setting out the findings from this stage will be produced and published. We expect this stage to take about three months from start to finish.

AECOM is a large global company, with proven expertise in land contamination investigations. The company was involved in environmental work following 9/11 and worked on the remediation and construction of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

You can find out more about AECOM in the UK on their website – www.aecom.com/uk. The Government is managing and overseeing AECOM’s work, which is being administered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This ensures the results of these checks are managed in accordance with relevant legislation (Part 2A of the Environment Protection Act).

On top of this, the work is also being overseen by a group of independent scientific advisers known as the Science Advisory Group. This group is made up of thirteen science professionals and chaired by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance.

It includes Professor Anna Stec, who completed local soil sampling work. The Science Advisory Group will also consider Professor Stec’s initial findings as part of their work.

AECOM has now started designing the process for undertaking this work. We want to ensure local representatives are as involved in this process as possible so have ensured AECOM arrange to meet and hear directly from you by hosting community workshops. You will be invited to these in the coming weeks.

Alongside these opportunities, we will also write to you regularly, and our teams leading this work can be contacted directly by email: environmental-checks@communities.gov.uk. For the most up-to-date information, you can download the Nextdoor app on iOS and Android devices, or visit www.nextdoor.co.uk and search for Grenfell Community Updates - HM Government.

Ministerial Letter Regarding Environmental Checks & Professor Stec's Research

See below and attached correspondence from MHCLG:

Dear All,

The Minister for Grenfell Survivors has today written to members of the local community as he understands that Professor Stec’s research is due to be published in a technical journal and therefore could be reported on by more mainstream media outlets over the coming weeks.  We intended to share this with you by email at the same time as the letter arrived with recipients.

However, we have been made aware that the research may be featured in one of this Sunday’s newspapers and were keen to advise you of this in advance.  Unfortunately, we have no further details but appreciate the frustration and anxiety this may cause, so would be grateful if you could share this information.

 If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to get in contact via environmental-checks@communities.gov.uk or 0303 444 0078.

Update on concerns about soil contamination

Please see below an updated message from Kensington and Chelsea Council on concerns about soil contamination. 

“We know people are worried about possible air pollution and soil contamination. We aim to protect people’s health and safeguard them from harm. Recent media reports of an unpublished study by Professor Anna Stec suggest there may be toxic contaminants in soil near Grenfell Tower and across a wider area. This needs to be thoroughly investigated. We will take advice from both Public Health England and the Environment Agency to agree the nature and scope of any testing on this site, and elsewhere. Work on this is already under way. Crucially, we will also ensure community input into any testing. We will also take into account views expressed at the public meeting, to be held on 29 October 2018.

 

Health advice to the public remains unchanged:

-        Public Health England’s advice is that contaminated land is generally considered a very low risk to health because people would need to be exposed to the soil over long periods of time,  

-        If you are concerned about your health, you should contact your GP. Further information is available here:  https://www.grenfell.nhs.uk/physical-health

-        The air quality around the Grenfell Tower will continue to be monitored and the findings published by Public Health England. Results and general health advice is available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-advice-following-the-grenfell-tower-fire

-        Advice about the preparation and eating of locally grown fruit and vegetables remains unchanged: they should be washed and peeled thoroughly before being eaten; also, anyone working or playing in soil should wash their hands well afterwards.  This advice has not changed since before the Grenfell tragedy.

KAA Planned Emergency Evacuation Drill

From Kensington Aldridge Academy:

“We wanted to get in touch to inform you that the school will be holding a planned emergency evacuation drill on Wednesday 17th October.

KAA parents have been informed of this by letter and text message today.  

It goes without saying that while we will want to do everything in our power to minimise any trauma and upset caused by the drill, we have a duty to carry it out robustly and in-line with national guidelines. The safety of our students will always be of paramount importance above all else.

If any residents have further questions please direct them to contact me on 0207 313 5800 ext 2 or via email address v.turner@kaa.org.uk.”

Grenfell Tower Inquiry Research

Lizzie McCulloch is a Researcher who has been commissioned by the charity Hestia to examine how effectively the Grenfell Tower Inquiry is meeting the mental wellbeing needs of the bereaved, survivors and residents. The research is asking what is being done well, what could be done better and what is missing from the Inquiry, with the findings and recommendations presented to the Inquiry team at the end of this year.


You can participate by taking part in an interview or submitting feedback via survey/email/letter/anonymous online link. Interviews can take place over the phone or in person and she is happy to travel to wherever is convenient for you. All contributions will be anonymised.


If you would like to take part or receive more information, please give her a ring on 07724561098 or email her on liz.research@outlook.com

RBKC Street Entertainment Consultation - Feedback

The council has shared some feedback on the Street Entertainment consultation which took place over the Summer, see link below for the full findings.

https://www.rbkc.gov.uk/environment/environmental-health/noise-and-nuisance/consultation-street-entertainment

As developing a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was supported by nearly 70 per cent of the respondents the Council will now carefully review the complaints data in order to draft a PSPO. The PSPO will promote and encourage responsible busking, whilst discouraging irresponsible anti-social busking and street entertainment. They will restrict busking and street entertainment in certain locations at certain times and may consider busking free areas. Their goal is not to limit artistic creativity, but to enhance the quality of life for residents and provide opportunity for entertainers.

 

Terry Oliver, Interim Director for Cleaner, Greener and Cultural Services is now working with colleagues in Legal, Noise and Nuisance, Street Enforcement and Community Safety to produce this PSPO, this will then require an additional statutory consultation which is anticipated to take place in late November.

Grenfell Young People's Fund open for applications

Kensington and Chelsea Council has contributed to a new Grenfell Young People’s fund which opened for applications this week.

The fund seeks to improve the lives of young people affected by the Grenfell tragedy and the young people themselves get to decide how the money will be used to help their community.

Organisations looking for funding to improve the lives of young people will now have to go before a panel, 80 per cent of which will be made up of young people from the local area.

Groups can now apply for grants of up to £45,000, paid out in installments of £15,000 per year over three years.

The Council donated £431,000 to the £1.27 million fund. The rest of the money comprises £574,000 donated by readers to the Evening Standard Grenfell Appeal, as well as £269,000 from Artists for Grenfell.

Priority will be given to organisations based in North Kensington with annual turnover less than £500,000. To be eligible, groups will seek to improve young lives in at least one of three areas:

1) Wellbeing mental health support, trauma therapy, sport, music and dance

2) Empowerment youth leadership, violence reduction, community cohesion

3) Work ready offering work experience, training, skills or qualifications

Applications for round one of funding should be made by noon on Wednesday 31 October 2018 to The London Community Foundation, the charity that manages the Dispossessed Fund, at: www.londoncf.org.uk/grants/grenfell-ypf

Please contact The Programmes Team at The London Community Foundation if you have any queries about the Fund at applications@londoncf.org.uk or 020 7582 5117.

Fire Drill at the Grenfell Site - 23 October 2018

Between 11am and 12noon on Tuesday 23 October, a fire drill will take place at the Grenfell Tower site. This is a routine process, designed to make sure those working on site remain safe. It is not in response to any issues with the Tower, which continues to be monitored and remains stable.

You may hear a siren and see teams working inside the building evacuate and assemble within the site. The site management team apologise in advance should you experience any disruption.

No action is required from members of the local community.

Working together for stronger communities

RBKC want your ideas, your thoughts, and your opinions on a range of local topics to strengthen our communities further and improve our future.

See further information here.

Through its new website - strongercommunities.rbkc.gov.uk – which went live yesterday, and through a series of community conversations, workshops and drop-in sessions, the Council and its partners are asking local residents, community organisations and businesses in North Kensington what matters most to them, so we can work together to address local priorities and aspiration and shape what happens in the future in this part of the borough.

They’ve already picked up lots of ideas from conversations with the community, and we are working to address them – but we’d love to hear more because we know things are always changing.

They’ve arranged 3 drop-in sessions, where you can find out more and tell them what you think:-

Monday, 1st October 11am – 2pm at The Venture Centre, 103A Wornington Road, W10 5YB

Monday, 8th October 2pm – 5pm at Tabernacle, Powis Square, W11 2AY

Thursday 18th October 12pm – 4pm at Kensington Leisure Centre, Silchester Road W10 6EX

There will be more to follow (details will be on the website).

Please do get in touch if you would like to arrange a separate conversation or workshop for your organisation.

The feedback from all the conversations, workshops and the website will be collated and set out at an Ideas Day in November where everyone will be able to take a look at all the feedback, check to be sure that their views have been accurately captured and have a further chance to have their say.

Everything will then be pulled together into a plan setting out what the community have said matters most to them and the steps that need to be taken to improve the lives of the residents of North Kensington.

Update 08 October 2018: the Council has arranged a number of additional drop-in sessions for residents to find out more about Creating Stronger Communities and share their views on what matters most to them.  Full details are on the attached flyer.

You can also share your views through the website: strongercommunities.rbkc.gov.uk

Fire Door Safety Week

From the British Woodworking Federation, the organisers of Fire Door Safety Week, a national awareness campaign that is now in its sixth year:

“I have written widely about fire safety in sleeping accommodation and the social housing sector over the years and I am haunted by what happened last year at Grenfell.

The appalling tragedy and the years of neglect that came before can never be allowed to happen again. There is still much more to do to ensure fire safety is kept at the forefront of people’s minds and standards within the industry continue to be raised.

As you and your members will know from your tireless campaigning, fire doors are critical to compartmentation. The sad reality however is that they remain a significant area of neglect, often the first thing to be downgraded and mismanaged, propped open, damaged and badly maintained. As a result, we created Fire Door Safety Week to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors and urge landlords to be aware of their responsibility, and tenants to get informed and prepared by familiarising themselves with the fire safety protections and plans for their building.

Out of courtesy, wanted to make you aware of a series of short videos that will form part of the week, one of which is a tribute to the victims, survivors and bereaved of Grenfell. The powerful videos are designed to raise awareness, educate and keep the important fight for change alive.

There are additional useful resources available on our website found here: https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/

Although Fire Door Safety Week officially runs for one week, we campaign all year round to raise awareness of the importance of fire doors and fire safety.

The first in the series of Fire Door Safety Week films has gone live. 

 “We’ve been here before” – calls on government, building owners, landlords & those involved in the fire & construction industries to come together to make buildings safe now. You can see the film on the Fire Door Safety Week website with an overview of the film https://www.firedoorsafetyweek.co.uk/powerful-film-released-ahead-fired-door-safety-week/?article=true

It’s also been tweeted out https://twitter.com/FDSafetyWeek/status/1043109091642617856

Four further films have now gone live for Fire Door Safety Week, including the tribute to the victims, survivors and bereaved of Grenfell.  Links to all below.  

 

In memory of the victims and in solidarity with the survivors of Grenfell

 

Smoke usually kills long before fire

 

The five step check

 How can you guarantee that a fire door is fit for purpose? The importance of third-party certification

Government update on the long term future of the Grenfell Tower site

Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission announcement

A community-led memorial commission is to be set up which will decide on the most fitting and appropriate way to remember those who lost their lives in the Grenfell tragedy.

The community-led Commission will be made up of representatives of the bereaved, survivors and Lancaster West estate – together with relevant public authorities, seeking the views of the local North Kensington area through its consultation process.

The Commission will develop a proposal for what happens to the Grenfell Tower site in the future, and decide how the memorial site will be owned and managed in the long term.

Its work is expected to take a minimum of a year, after which it will publish a report setting out its findings.

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

For information on the Commission please contact: GTMCSecretariat@communities.gov.uk

The full announcement and the Commission’s terms of reference can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/memorial-commission-to-honour-victims-of-grenfell-tower-fire.

 

Gift from September 11 Memorial & Museum to Grenfell community

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum announced on 12 September that it is gifting a seedling from the Survivor Tree to the Grenfell community. The seedling has been grown from a tree that was badly damaged in the 9/11 terror attacks and survived.

Every year on 12 September, the Memorial & Museum donates seedlings from the tree to communities that have faced and overcome tragedies.

No decision has yet been taken on where the seedling will be planted, but it could form part of the longer term Grenfell memorial and be included and considered alongside any design proposals for the site, if this is the community’s wish.

Further detail on this announcement can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/memorial-commission-to-honour-victims-of-grenfell-tower-fire.

MHCLG Mobile Office at Unit 3 Baseline Studios

As of 11 September 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) community engagement team will work from office 3 at Baseline Studios every Tuesday from 12pm-8pm.

As of 18 September, the mobile office will be based at The Curve, every Tuesday from 12-8pm.

This follows from the Government’s commitment that the Community will determine the long term future of the Grenfell Tower site, and that the Government will take control of the Tower until the community can determine the long term future.

These won’t be formal events, rather an opportunity for you to put a face to name and drop by and see the MHCLG in their mobile office if you would find that helpful.

BAY 20 - Steering Group Expression of Interest & Open Days

At the LWRA GM today, we had some representatives from the Westway Trust come and explain a little bit about what is going on at Bay 20. See further information here.

Below is a link to the online expressions of interest form for the steering group of Bay 20, in case you want to apply. The deadline for expressions of interest for the Lancaster West RA is Monday 17 September.

http://www.westway.org/bay-20-steering-group-expression-interest

Here is a flyer inviting you to the two open days coming up, where you will be able to view the space. The dates are:

·         Sunday 23rd September, 12pm-5pm

·         Saturday 29th, September, 12pm-5pm.

If you have any further questions, get in touch with the Westway Trust - westway.org.