After banning the press and public from attending a council cabinet meeting, Kensington and Chelsea Council has said they can instead attend a meeting in July.
The first meeting since the disaster on June 14, which has claimed at least 80 lives, will take place at Kensington Town Hall on Thursday (June 29) at 6.30pm behind closed doors after the council banned the public and press from attending.
The only issue listed on the agenda, after apologies of absence and declarations of interest, is ‘Grenfell Tower fire’. There is no written report.
The decision to hold the meeting behind closed doors, with members of the press including getwestlondon also barred from attending, was taken partly because of the storming of the town hall (see video above), in Hornton Street, in the days after the Grenfell Tower fire , according to the council.
But the council has now said there will be a full council meeting on July 19 which will be "open to all".
Although the council hasn't released an agenda for the meeting, or directly said that the tragedy will be listed, they have implied that it will be discussed.
Several other council meetings before then have been cancelled, or are listed as "To Be Confirmed" on the council's website .
A Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council spokesman said: “The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will be holding a full council meeting in July which will be open to all.
“As you are aware there have been recent real threats and assaults on council staff and damage to one of the office buildings.
"Such risks remain and we have had to take the decision to hold the meeting in private as to do otherwise would likely result in disorder.
"The decision to exclude the public in advance is in accordance with the Council’s Standing Orders which are confirmed in common law.
"A statement will be published by the Leader this evening and the minutes of the meeting will be published as soon as possible following the meeting.”
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