On Friday evening, outside Camden town hall, council leader Georgia Gould defended the decision to evacuate the nearby Chalcots estate due to safety concerns. Gould seemed genuinely worried, and told the BBC that Camden had been first in the queue to test its cladding, finding on Thursday that the panels fitted were “not to the standard that we had commissioned” and announcing they would be removed. At a public meeting the same night, Gould says residents raised other safety concerns she’d been unaware of: Camden council and the London fire brigade assessed the block, and the council was advised to evacuate.
The contrast to the actions of Kensington and Chelsea council following the fire at Grenfell Tower the previous week could hardly be more stark.
Rather missing the point that this Labour council did in fact install the same cladding. So, you know, it’s not all about evil Tories, is it?