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Grenfell Tower fire: Cautious welcome to decision to axe organisation in charge of Grenfell estate

The decision has been guardedly welcomed

News that Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) has been stripped its responsibility of the estate which housed Grenfell Tower has been guardedly welcomed.

Prime Minister Theresa May told survivors of the fire that the organisation responsible for the management and upkeep of council properties in the borough was no longer dealing with the Lancaster West Estate .

Grenfell campaigners and the Kensington MP accepted it was a step in the right direction, but between them called for the TMO to be stripped of all responsibility in the borough, and for the council to bring back the running of its property in-house.

Following her meeting with survivors on Tuesday (August 22), Mrs May said they were happy to be told of the TMO decision.

Kensington and Chelsea Council leader Elizabeth Campbell has since said she would consider “all options” for future management of the estate.

She had written to the TMO seeking a “swift transition” of responsibilities from the Lancaster West estate to the council and promised to consult with residents about future plans.

She said: “We wrote to the TMO yesterday (Tuesday August 23) and said that we didn’t think the most viable option was to work with them going forward.”

Asked if she would consider introducing a managing structure where residents had a central part, she said: “I think we will consider all options. The only option we won’t consider is the TMO continuing.”

Labour’s Kensington MP Emma Dent Coad wanted the decision to go further. She said: “This is clearly good news of a kind, though I am surprised that the Prime Minister’s announcement will not apply to the entire council estate in Kensington and Chelsea which has been so poorly run for years.”

She doubted the council was competent enough to bring services in-house, and said instead: “Many tenants have been saying that they would like to instate a number of estate-based TMOs which are run by tenants where they wish to do so.

“There should be proper consultation and a vote on this so that it is up to those affected to decide.”

Moyra Samuels from Justice4Grenfell felt the decision was inevitable. She said: “They [the TMO] has not responded post-Grenfell.

“They have not turned up at any public meetings. Since Grenfell they have just disappeared.

“They manage all the council tenants across the borough and they seem to have disappeared, especially in north Kensington.”

And she went on: “Council tenants should be managed by the council, not some long arm organisation.”

A spokesperson for the TMO told getwestlondon : “We are currently in direct discussion with RBKC (Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea) about the detail behind this statement and are seeking to clarify this.”

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