On Wednesday we posted about how the TMO in what we can only describe as some sort of moment of madness, decided to hold a drop in session (one of only two, and the only one in North Kensington), on the same day and at the same time as the Grenfell Silent Walk. Our post here:
They have agreed to arrange to hold a drop-in session on another day and on another time – good. We did ask for a public apology but we have still not received one. They have apologised directly to a few people and groups who have contacted them, but this is not good enough. They owe all affected a public statement and apology. Why should we as traumatised residents living around the corner from Grenfell, have to chase them up to get them to do this?
And as for them being selective and making individual replies, this just reminds us of their attitude prior to Grenfell; cherry picking residents and residents’ associations of their choice to listen to and work with and then leaving others out in the cold.
Anyway THINK has decided to write an open email to Interim General Manager of the TMO, Andrew Taylor and demand a public apology – not to us or to a few people, but to all in and around our community who have been upset by their ridiculous, ignorant and distasteful (to say the least) decision to hold the drop-in session at the same time as the Silent Walk. We will of course, post the response and here, below, is our open email:
Dear Mr Taylor,
As you might have heard, many in and around our community of North Kensington and Ladbroke Grove were upset, shocked, insulted and outraged by the decision by the TMO to hold one of the two drop in sessions (the one in North Kensington) on the same day and at the same time as the Grenfell Silent Walk.
As yet, nobody from the TMO has issued a public apology for this – this is unacceptable to say the least.
You will understand that not only is the 14th of every month a very difficult day for many people around here anyway, but it is extremely insulting to those most affected as some people here believe that the actions or inactions of some of the executives, senior managers and senior board members at the TMO were partly responsible for what happened at Grenfell Tower.
Also members unable to make the drop-in session, which was the only one organised in North Kensington were also unable to make it to the one on the following day, due to it being held some distance away in World’s End, Chelsea.
The fact that the only drop-in session in our locality was held at such an inappropriate time has also led some to question whether there was a hidden agenda on behalf of your organisation to deliberately exclude residents from North Kensington and Ladbroke Grove from having their say.
We not only ask but demand that the TMO issues a public statement and apology right away – not to us at THINK, not to a select few individuals or groups, but to everyone affected by Grenfell.
We ask that the TMO please organise another drop in session, at a more appropriate date and time at the same location or somewhere nearby and also that your organisation takes dates and times into consideration before any further meetings or events are held in future.
THINK (This Is North Kensington blog)