Sunday morning update from Camden Council on Chalcots Estate operation
Councillor Georgia Gould, Leader of Camden Council, said:
“Work has continued during Saturday night and into Sunday morning to support residents who have been evacuated from the four blocks on the Chalcots Estate. Camden Council staff, led by myself and the Chief Executive, have been working tirelessly to secure temporary accommodation for those who have had to leave their homes as the London Fire Brigade has been clear that the blocks are unsafe.
“We have worked through the night and will continue today to secure further accommodation whilst emergency fire safety works are undertaken. Construction work continues on Blashford and will begin on other four blocks today.
“Funding continues to be made available to ensure that those currently in temporary accommodation have the essentials that they need. Community facilities will be open today and a homework centre at the UCL Academy next door to Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre will be open from 10:00-16:00, with teachers present to offer support on site.
“This morning Council staff will conduct further door knocking to ask those who remain to leave and issue another letter reiterating to residents who are still remaining in the Taplow, Bray, Dorney and Burnham blocks that they must leave. By remaining in the blocks these residents risk delaying the work that is required and that we are undertaking to make these homes safe. It is not safe to remain in these blocks and our residents’ safety will continue to be the Council’s number one priority.
“As the month of Ramadan comes to close, we have made preparations to celebrate the feast of Eid al-Fitr. All residents affected by the Chalcots evacuations are welcome to join us at the Swiss Cottage Community Centre between 12:30 and 14:30 today to celebrate Eid.
“For everyone affected, we know that having to leave your home is distressing, and I understand that some residents are angry and upset. But the Council must and will act to protect our residents.
“We have more staff coming on duty today to support residents and help them into temporary accommodation and support their immediate needs.”
23 June 2017 Evacuation of Chalcots Estate - Leader statement