Update from The DIY SOS Team

From The DIY SOS Team:

To Grenfell former residents and the wider community,

We are writing to you to let you know that a two part television series entitled “DIY SOS: Grenfell” will be broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday 5 and 12 September at 9 pm. In the run up to the transmission of the first programme on 5 September, there will be trailers which will start going out on BBC 1 in the next few days.

The first episode will tell the story of the building of a new home for the Dale Youth Boxing Club and the second programme the following week will the story of building a new community centre. We appreciate that there are sensitivities around this for former residents and their families and we wanted to ensure you and your family and friends are aware of the programme before these programmes go out.

The boxing club programme talks about the history and success of the Dale Youth Boxing Club and its importance and impact on young people in particular, in the community. The community centre programme focuses on the community and how different groups such as a West Indian Dominos Group and mental health providers might benefit from the creation of the space. We have made clear that it is up to the community to decide how the space is ultimately used in a process that is currently ongoing.

An update on the community centre process: a steering group is being set up to decide who will be the community operator.  An expression of interest to be on the steering group is live and the deadline is September 7th. The tender for the community operator will be issued on September 3rd and it will be open for eight weeks. In the interim, the Westway Trust will manage the space but will not make any decisions about long term bookings. The Westway Trust will hold an open day so everyone can see the community centre during this process.

We would like to let you know in advance that both programmes include residents, eye witnesses, two current firefighters and other locals talking about their experiences of the fire on June 14th last year. It also includes some news archive of the fire and its aftermath.  It includes images and descriptions of what happened on the night which some people close to the events could find distressing.

We would like to assure you that we have treated this horrific tragedy with the utmost respect and sensitivity. We have also found positive stories in the community to tell. We hope we have left a small contribution to the community in these two buildings that have been paid for and built solely through donations worth over £2million.

If you would like any further information, please contact us at diysos@bbc.co.uk

We would like to thank everyone in the community who has met with us, helped us and contributed in any other way as we couldn’t have done this without that support. We really appreciate it.

Yours sincerely

The DIY SOS Team

Feedback on the Future of the West 12 Site

Lancaster West residents may be interested to know that Landsec, owners of the West 12 shopping centre site since 2005, are exploring options for the future of the site.

They are at a very early stage in thinking and planning for the future of West 12. They intend to consult with local people as their plans evolve.

At this early stage they'd like to know what you think currently works, what doesn’t and how you might like to see the site change.

See link with more information and online questionnaire here

Social Housing Green Paper - letter from the Housing Minister

From the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:

“Dear all,

I wanted to bring your attention to the publication of the Government’s Social Housing Green Paper, “A new deal for social housing”.

I also wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all of your help in facilitating the Grenfell focused workshops and for encouraging those you represent to participate.

The Grenfell Tower tragedy will have a lasting impact and it was right that the voices of those most affected were carried through and reflected and I know that both Dominic Raab and the Housing Minister Kit Malthouse consider these contributions essential to ensuring the quality of the Green Paper. 

We have attached a letter from the Housing Minister to those who helped shape this document and would be very grateful if you could share it on his behalf.

Many of the views expressed by those at the Grenfell workshops were also shared by social housing residents at the other workshops we ran across the country. You played a key role in helping us to ensure those voices were represented and I hope you will continue to engage with us on the consultative elements of the document.

 

The consultation is open for 12 weeks, until 6 November 2018.

You can find the Green Paper ‘A new deal for social housing’, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-new-deal-for-social-housing. There you will also find information on how you can respond to our consultation and let us have any suggestions.

 

We have also published the Right to Buy Consultation https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/use-of-receipts-from-right-to-buy-sales which sets out our proposals exploring new flexibilities around how local authorities can use their Right to Buy receipts, so they can build more council homes.

 

We are publishing a Call for Evidence https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/review-of-social-housing-regulation-call-for-evidence which seeks views on how the current regulatory framework is working, alongside this Green Paper.

 

If you would like to receive a hard copy of the published document, please send an email to SocialHousingGreenPaper@communities.gsi.gov.uk or please write to us with your name and address.

 

Our address is:

Social Housing Green Paper Team

Fry Building 3NW

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF”

Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team

The Lancaster West Neighbourhood team want Lancaster West Estate residents' views on what we want them to do over the next three years and how we want them to act. They are developing a three year strategy which will guide the work that they do and how they do it. This needs to be based on what we, the residents, want.

We need as many of us as possible to provide them with feedback. To do so you can either contact Shaun Haden at Baseline Studios in person or by following this link and completing the questionnaire.

They’ll use our comments to shape the Lancaster West Neighbourhood Team’s priorities and values for the next three years.

Feel free to drop in to the RA office and discuss this with one of the committee members if you have any questions. 

Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission

27 July: Memorial Commission Working Group

Background

·         On 1 March 2018 the Government published a set of written principles reaffirming the commitment to put the Community at the heart of deciding what happens to the future of the Grenfell Tower site. 

·         Those principles were agreed with representatives of the Community and signed by Government and Kensington and Chelsea Council, and will guide the way future decisions are made.

·         The assumption is that the decision-making process on the future of the site will lead to a Commission, whose role will be to support the Community to reach agreement on a fitting memorial to remember those who lost their lives.

Working Group

·         To ensure the Process is community-led, Community signatories to the written principles (Bereaved, Survivors and Lancaster West Estate), supported by the local anchor groups that serve the immediate North Kensington community, were invited to form a working group alongside the Government to agree the detail of how the process will work. The group has met three times and has now finished its discussions. The group has agreed:

o   The Commission’s purpose and scope

o   How it will operate

o   How the Community and public authorities will be represented on it

o   How Community-led decisions will be made

Next Steps

·         The working group’s role is now complete. After the summer holidays, there will be a public update on the Commission and its terms of reference.

·         Following this the process for nominating community representatives for the Commission will take place and there will be more information on this and the other members of the Commission.

Grenfell Tower Memorial Commission

Background

·      On 1 March 2018 the Government published a set of written principles reaffirming the commitment to put the Community at the heart of deciding what happens to the future of the Grenfell Tower site. 

·      Those principles were agreed with representatives of the Community and signed by Government and Kensington and Chelsea Council, and will guide the way future decisions are made.

·      The assumption is that the decision-making process on the future of the site will lead to a Commission, whose role will be to support the Community to reach agreement on a fitting memorial to remember those who lost their lives.

 

Working Group

·      To make sure the Process is community-led, Community signatories to the written principles (Bereaved, Survivors and Lancaster West Estate), supported by the local anchor groups that serve the immediate North Kensington community, were invited to form a working group alongside the Government to agree the detail of how the process will work. The group’s role is to work towards an agreement on:

o   The Commission’s purpose and scope

o   How it will operate

o   How the Community and public authorities will be represented on it

o   How Community-led decisions will be made

 

·      Working group members will not necessarily be involved in the Commission itself – this will be a separate process and it will be for each Community group to agree their representatives.

·      The working group is a time-limited group to help shape the detail of the decision-making process. The group had its first meeting on 28 June and discussed the purpose and scope of the Commission and how it will work to reach Community consensus.  The discussions were very positive and over the next few weeks the group will continue finalising the detail.

 

Next Steps

·      We hope to finish our discussions by the end of summer and members of the working group will keep people updated. Following that, there will be a more public update to confirm the scope and remit of the Commission and how it will engage with the bereaved, survivors and local community.

·      There will then be a process for each of the representative groups on the Commission to agree their nominated members.

 

LWRA Youth Forum

On Wednesday 11th July 2018 the LWRA held their first Youth Forum.

We had an incredible turnout, with 45 under 12s and 4 young adults turning up with brilliant ideas and views for the estate.

The atmosphere was amazing. The children were excited and ready with their ideas and wish lists for the Estate.

Start time was 6pm for the forum section of the evening, followed by pizza, drinks and snacks as well as the England v Croatia semi final kicking off at 7pm on a big screen.

Although the match didn’t go to plan the evenings event was really enjoyable for all involved. We look forward to holding the next event - watch this space for details!

Future of Grenfell Tower Site

Ministers are committed to continuing on the journey towards a fitting memorial at the Grenfell Tower site, and are working closely with the bereaved, survivors and LWRA on the best way to do this. There are other shorter term issues in relation to the site which need to be handled sensitively. Ministers have written to the bereaved and survivors set out the key stages they see going forward.  You can find that letter here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/grenfell-tower#letters

Kensington Aldridge Academy

You may be aware of Kensington Aldridge Academy’s plan to return to their original site in September.  As part of this, the school governors sought a range of information from experts and partners including the NHS and Doug Patterson’s Site Management team. Doug and his team have worked closely with the school to reassure them about the stability of the Tower and the likely impacts, if a decision is made to deconstruct the Tower. They would like to make sure you have access to this information,  which have been made available on KAA’s website: https://kaa.org.uk/students-parents/kaa1-faqs/

RBKC Proposed Traffic Management Order - Whitchurch Road

Residents will have seen some notices around Whitchurch Road notifying us of RBKC's proposals P0559 and P0582. Click on each reference to view both orders.

P0559: On the north-east side of Whitchurch Road, outside Testerton Walk, Lancaster West Estate in Whitchurch Road for a distance of 11 metres (36ft). There is an obstruction of the fire hydrant which would which would be used in the event of a fire in Testerton Walk outside the hours of parking control (which are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 6.30pm and 8.30am to 1.30pm Saturday).

P0582: On both sides of Whitchurch Road, to convert a total of 16 metres (52ft) of residents' parking to double yellow lines outside and opposite of St Francis of Assisi Primary School, Whitchurch Road. On both sides of Whitchurch Road, to convert a total of 16 metres (52ft) of residents' parking to double yellow lines outside and opposite Nos. 1 and 2 Whitchurch Road. Because of the on-going works taking place in the Lancaster West Estate residents and visitors can no longer use the internal walkways to proceed southwards towards Treadgold Street and Stoneleigh Street. In addition, because of the presence of protective hoarding they cannot easily access Whitchurch Road. The Housing Regeneration Team have requested that two separate gaps are created in residents' parking, one in the east-west arm and a second in the north-south arm, as crossing points to and from the pavement on the south and west sides of Whitchurch Road. The Housing Regeneration Team will undertake work on the estate to enable residents to gain access to these `gaps' in parking, including removal of part of the permanent barrier and construction of a ramp on the east side of the north-south arm of Whitchurch Road.

If you wish to make an objection during the consultation period, please write to Traffic Orders, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Council Offices, 37 Pembroke Road, London, W8 6PW or email trafficorders@rbkc.gov.uk

If you have any queries relating to traffic orders but are not formally objecting to proposals please email traffic@rbkc.gov.uk  or telephone 020 7361 2553.

The deadline for consultation ends this Friday 6th July 2018. 

Windsor Fellowship - Scholarship Programme Opportunity

Windsor Fellowship - The Bank of England African/African Caribbean Scholarship Programme - 2018-2021

Please share this information with your networks and any students you know who may be interested in this opportunity.

The Bank of England in partnership with Windsor Fellowship is recruiting for the African/African-Caribbean Scholarship Programme.  The Programme is for students from a Black or Mixed African/ Caribbean background who are currently living or studying in Greater London, Manchester, Birmingham and surrounding areas and planning to start a full-time undergraduate degree in autumn 2018.

The African/African-Caribbean Scholarship Programme will offer successful applicants:
·         Up to £30,000 to be used to support living costs during an undergraduate degree
·         Paid Internships at the Bank of England in the summer holidays between 1st and 2nd years and 2nd and 3rd years
·         Mentoring, Coaching and Support from a member of the Bank of England team.

Eligibility and Application Criteria

·         The Programme is open to students who have no restrictions and are eligible to work and study in the UK
·         Expected to secure at least 104, (Pre 2017, 260 UCAS points) UCAS points and have 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent) including Mathematics and English
·         Have a household income below £50,000
·         Have no restrictions on living/working in the UK

To find out more about the Bank of England and their Early Careers Programmes visit www.Bankofenglandearlycareers.co.uk/our-programmes

Further information about the Programme is available on the Windsor Fellowship website www.windsor-fellowship.org together with the link to the on-line application form.

The deadline for receipt of applications is midday GMT on the 22nd January 2018.

Public Scrutiny Survey by RBKC

The RBKC Council is conducting a survey through the Centre for Public Scrutiny from now until January 31, 2018.

We should all fill this in (about 10 minutes)  and send to our friends and neighbours. 

When answering keep in mind the following context:

An accountable governing structure when there is an entrenched majority (with 34% voter turnout) needs a framework for dissenting opinions.

Not enough is done to encourage voting in local elections such as sponsoring hustings in the wards.

Complete the survey here.

The document that contains information about how the survey will be used is here

LWRA Statement: Grenfell Memorial

 “Grenfell Memorial: A Chance for All of Us to Stand Together and Remember”

The Lancaster West Residents' Association hopes that survivors, bereaved and residents will be able to come together on 14 December, in remembrance of the Grenfell fire. The memorial will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral, often a site of national focus. 

Jacqui Haynes, Chair of Lancaster West Residents' Association, said “The memorial is a chance for all of us to come together and remember what happened. The fire left 71 dead, including 18 children, and daily we continue to see the impact and damage that fire did. We will stand together in memory and support of victims and families.” 

“We hope that this memorial is fitting and dignified. The people in Grenfell Tower were forgotten about and ignored before the fire and this is a chance to now remember and stand together.  The residents hope that the memorial at St Paul’s will be a means for people across the country to unite and stand with us.”

“Although 6 months on, the community is still living with the effects of this fire. 4 out of 5 are still in bed and breakfast, people are without homes and face the Christmas season without a home. Life in the shadow of the Tower is a daily struggle to repair our fractured community, lest we forget what happened that night."

“We understand the memorial at St Paul’s will be for all people, regardless of faith, to gather and remember what we lost. It’s not just the community but the nation to come together in memory. We hope that a spirit of unity and dignity will be there."    

Grenfell Public Inquiry Petition

There remains very strong feelings about the composition of the panel and concern about proper participation in the Inquiry.

We refer you to a  petition on the  government  website: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/206722 

Non-State/Corporate Core Participants (NSCCPs) are hoping to gather as many signatures as possible and deliver the petition to Downing street next week. 

Please ensure you sign this petition and share with as many people as possible.

KCTMO AGM Adjourned

At the Annual General Meeting of the Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation, a motion to adjourn the meeting was proposed. 85% of those present voted to adjourn the meeting.

A date and venue for the AGM will be announced by the TMO shortly. 

KCTMO AGM

Please click here to see a letter addressed to the Kensington & Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation from Bhatt Murphy Solicitors and Bindman's LLP, on behalf of some residents and the RA.

The letter explains some of the concerns surrounding the KCTMO AGM which is to be held on 17 October 2017. The letter also requests the adjournment of the AGM or, if this is not possible, for the TMO to make certain assurances based on their proposed resolution.