‘Do not fob us off.’
Elizabeth Campbell was told she should be “so ashamed” of herself over the handling of the Grenfell Tower fire as scores of survivors are still living in hotels eight weeks after the blaze.
The leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, which has been repeatedly criticised for its handling of the disaster, was told to come to meetings prepared with answers and not to “fob” residents off.
Campbell joined representatives from the council, Public Health England and the Metropolitan Police Service at the fifth Grenfell Response Team meeting, held at Notting Hill Methodist Church on Wednesday.
Nearly two months have passed since the devastating fire claimed the lives of at least 80 people.
Despite the unseasonably bad weather on Wednesday, residents weren’t deterred by the downpours, with scores of people packing into the church hall for the two-hour meeting.
According to the latest Grenfell Response Team letter, 175 offers of accommodation have been made so far, with 47 offers being accepted and 13 households being rehoused.
The Tory council leader acknowledged that rehousing survivors had been a “slower process than you would have wished for”, but insisted progress was being made.
Campbell, who took over as council leader last month from Nicholas Paget-Brown, was lambasted for failing to rehouse more families.