LEADER of the Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, expressed his sadness at the scenes in West London following the fire in Grenfell Tower in Kensington. He said: “It is difficult to put into words how awful this tragic event is. Once again our fantastic emergency services have shown their bravery and dedication to their careers and have, as always, done a fantastic job in what are the most horrendous of circumstances.
“We have also seen the Thurrock residents do their bit with at least one resident offering up their home to those who have lost their home.
“The Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, has written to the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, offering our sympathies and any support Thurrock Council can give to our colleagues.”
Cllr Gledhill, also Portfolio Holder for Housing, has outlined the action the council is taking to reassure residents in Thurrock.
He added: “I immediately asked my housing officers to check that our high rise blocks safety checks are up to date, that risk assessments are in place, all fire safety signage in communal areas is checked and those areas are clear of fire hazards.
“I have also asked them to visit every property in the high rise blocks to reassure residents that we take their safety seriously and remind them of what they should do in the event of a fire.
“We are fully compliant with the council’s Fire Safety Policy which was agreed jointly with the Essex County Fire and Rescue Service. We will of course be keeping a close eye on the official investigation to see if we need to change our procedures and will always put the safety of our tenants first informing them personally of any changes we need to make.”