There are a lot of rumours circulating on social media today about a ‘demolition’ notice found on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) website relating to Grenfell Tower in 2014:
The SKWAWKBOX contacted RBKC about this and, although the initial answer from the council was an entirely non-responsive and unhelpful one about the causes of the fire, which had no relation to the question asked, eventually a relevant answer was received:
DEM/14/02401 relates to the parts of the building, which were removed as enabling works to facilitate the building works under FP/14/03563.A Demolition Notice was required under Section 80 of the Building Act 1984.
‘The building works under FP/14/03563’ relate to the refurbishment that are believed to be linked to the rapid spread of the fire, so the demolition notice is not completely irrelevant to the disaster, but it is not, at least according to all the available evidence, the ‘smoking gun’ of a conspiracy theory to get rid of the tower for property development or something similar.
There are many, many things to be angry about in the events that led up to last week’s terrible tragedy, but this does not appear to be one of them. Please share this to prevent an unjustified theory being used to discredit the effort to obtain justice for the victims and survivors of Grenfell Tower and to change the system to prevent further needless loss of life.
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