Nick Paget-Brown, the leader of RBKC has Q & A sessions with citizens entitled “Ask Nick”. THINKers, other bloggers, local pressure groups and other strongly opinionated individuals are for some reason, usually ignored at these public events – we cannot imagine why.
Council housing in RBKC has long been severely neglected and underfunded, even before Mr Paget-Brown became leader in 2013. Yes it is not a fashionable nor glamourous issue, but it is a crucial one to many in our borough, and tragically more so than ever after the Grenfell Tower disaster – we believe that tenants and leaseholders who live in council-owned buildings deserve more than continually being fobbed off with arrogance and PR exercises.
If residents haven’t had enough of an ordeal already, Mr Paget-Brown said this regarding fitting sprinkler systems in a TV interview “But many residents felt that we needed to get on with the installation of new hot water systems, new boilers and that fitting- trying to retrofit would have delayed the building and that sprinklers aren’t the answer”.
Well THINK have heard from a senior source at RBKC who says “I was at most of the consultation meetings and I have no recollection of sprinklers ever being mentioned. This is victim blaming of the worst sort and is despicable”
Also we have heard from residents of other buildings who have said that provision of sprinkler systems has never been discussed.
We’ll “Ask Nick” who’s being truthful here? THINK believe that offering a faux-resignation, knowing you have the full backing of your cabinet shows all the humility of Uriah Heep.
And we will also “Ask Nick” after this disgraceful performance, “when are you going to accept your responsibilities to the borough and resign along with several of your cabinet colleagues”.