Lib Dems call on Hackney council to carry out full safety checks on all Hackney tower blocks

Following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in West London, the Hackney Liberal Democrats have released a statement pledging to work with Hackney council in ensuring that all similar buildings in the borough are safe for residents and are asking the council carry out immediate safety checks.

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson, Darren Martin, commented:

"Our thoughts are with those who tragically lost their lives in the Grenfell Tower fire and our condolences go out to their families. With more people still unaccounted for, our thoughts are also with those families and friends still waiting anxiously for any news on loved ones.

"It was very moving to see the community in North Kensington come together and the huge support from Londoners with donations and messages of support.

"We have many similar buildings in Hackney so we welcome the statement from the Mayor and Hackney council and would like to reiterate that there are measures in place to ensure the safety of residents.

"However we feel that rigorous risk assessments should again be carried out on all tower blocks in Hackney to ensure that all safety measures and protocols are functioning correctly to further put the minds of residents at ease, and I have contacted the Mayor directly to request that these be carried out."

Former Liberal Democrat Parliamentary and Mayoral candidate Simon de Deney said:

"We welcome the timely statement from the Mayor and Hackney council and the Lib Dems will work with the council to ensure the safety of residents.

"What concerns me is that the stories we're hearing on the news from Grenfell Estate residents echo those I heard from my conversations with Hackney estate residents in 2014 and 2015. Unaccountable Management Organisations, poor workmanship and a general sense of people in authority not seeming to care were common. 

"Hackney Council (in fact every council in U.K.) needs to go beyond the standard regulations and conduct proper risk assessments. Urgently."