Sometimes we are so exasperated by this council and its housing that we don’t know where to start.
Just what sort of local authority refuses to move tenants who have been attacked previously around their building (they asked to move before – no help provided).
Then when same tenant is threatened with violence – again no help provided. RBKC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Grenfell Recovery, but Housing amd Property Kim Taylor-Smith did tell the tenant (who lives around the corner from Grenfell in fact) to get in touch with him so they did – to absolutely no response whatsoever. As it is, the tenant’s safety is at risk but the Rotten Borough of Kensington and Chelsea do not care. There has already been one untimely death of a resident in the same block; a very cynical person could almost think that this is RBKC’s preferred method of freeing up housing stock….
The tenant that “Tailored-Sloth” is ignoring has been reporting antisocial behaviour in and around that block for years to little avail (our council expects social housing residents to live in lawless slums?)
But they are not the only tenants who are expected live with threats, violence, drug dealing amd other forms of antisocial behaviour because our council cannot be bothered to do anything. What a disgrace.
There is no point in asking residents to go to the Police if there are hardly any local Police left (with knowledge of background and circumstances as well as the area and the Police do not have the power to move them or in other cases evict the problem neighbours. On occasions when Police try to help, their hands are tied. As housing staff fail to keep records of incidents, trying to report things or indeed having any sort of conversation on these matters with them is absolutely pointless. Not all housing staff are terrible of course, but how are some decent and hardworking staff supposed to help if they do not have enough information because some of their colleagues amd predecessors did not think it worth their bother to provide any?
If there is a senior member of RBKC staff who appears to embody cluelessness, step forward Rachel Sharpe, Director of Housing Needs and Supply.
We have written about housing needs (and lack of support) before:
It appears Ms Sharpe is not only ignoring residents; she ignoring her very remit.
Disabled and ill tenants who are being inadequately housed have actually been told by her to apply for suitable housing outside London!
She might want to check the title of her job again.
Deluded and clueless Rachel “Wendolene” Sharpe actually thinks our council has a very good level of community engagement:
With concerns of so many residents outside big estates not being listened to (and even a lot of those are ignored) Who is she kidding?
It is all very well that the council wants to improve fire safety, but they have one hell of a long way to go. Some issues that were pointed to by both residents and the Fire Brigade have still not been dealt with.
We had hopes for Doug Goldring, Director of Housing Management but he appears to have fallen into the same patterns we had at the TMO.
Where is the fresh thinking here?
Not to mention some residents and RAs being favoured over others, to the point where it is causing divisions and hostility between people. Just how does he imagine this will help matters?
Sometimes many residents are not seeing the point in attending meetings or contacting senior staff if their concerns stand no chance of being taken seriously.
It is hopeless of Kim Taylor-Smith to have high ambitions for RBKC and its housing if he and his colleagues are failing on the basics such as resident communication, engagement and safety for starters. We have seen a couple of steps in the right direction and heard the righr noises, but there is a lot of talk and not enough action. We remind Kim and his colleagues that putting on a PR show will not make this all go away.
A number of residents whose safety is at risk and others who are being ignored feel they are drowning in a sea of utter hopelessless and despair while the same old TMO “Pirate Ship” continues to steer the same sorry old course. Not that we hold out much hope ourselves that pointing this out will ever make a difference as it appears those in charge do not care one bit – shame on them.