THINK do not have anything against members’ clubs or societies, but we do question why the policing of Grenfell Tower and the surrounding area is under control of the mysterious “Grenfell Command” and not under Notting Dale Ward.
Why should the governance and management and general accountability (or lack of) to the public not only go on, but in fact worsen in an already very fractured local community ?
There have been some recent discoveries of Freemason regalia around the vicinity of the Maxilla space area. This is outside the blocked off grounds of Grenfell Tower and is a public space. We question why therefore, it is not Policed by the local Notting Dale Ward officers and by unknown officers from elsewhere?
All a community asks for is that their Police and local governance is open to scrutiny and while the matter of investigation into Grenfell Tower is sensitive and has to be treated with confidentiality, our local community is being denied direct accountability. Who are these mysterious “Grenfell Response” officers? Why have there not even been a mention of a name of at least one of them?
We have the utmost respect for our Notting Police Ward officers, particularly Steve Curtis and John Turner, who know many in the local community and do an outstanding job.
But THINK believe that conducting other Police duties in absolute secrecy only further undermines our local community and in fact causes division and undermines the Police themselves.
Further closures of our Police stations – yes Notting Hill Police Station will close – and cuts will only put fewer and less experienced officers from other areas in charge and completely undermines community Policing and our confidence, particularly important for us in North Kensington, in the authorities in general…..,