Camden's Conservative Councillors demand Camden Apologise for lack of fire safety in Council Homes
At a full Council meeting of Camden on 18 September Cllr Andrew Parkinson and Cllr Gio Spinella demanded the Camden Labour apologise for the terrible state of fire safety in its own housing stock. Camden tenants must be safe in their own homes. This follows Michael Gove, Housing Secretary writing to Camden following The Regulator of Social Housing pulling no punches, calling out the council for failing to complete fire safety actions on time and putting tenants at risk. This was reported on in the Camden New Journal on Friday, 22nd September 2023.
Camden Labour arranged an hour long debate before Full Council on 18 September. All the groups invited to speak were Labour members or supporters. No Labour Councillor dared to speak against the leadership. It was up to opposition Councillors to speak up and slam Camden's complacent Labour regime.
Cllr Andrew Parkinson stated 'Their findings were scathing, revealing that around 9,000 homes have not been fitted with a smoke alarm and that a queue of overdue work has built up. Conservative councillor Andrew Parkinson said these figures only came to light because they had been included in the “red notice”.
He looked at the Labour leadership at Monday’s meeting and said: “Can we have a public apology tonight for the failings – a clear apology to residents for the failings which the regulator has said are long standing. They’re not new, they are long standing.”
The full story can be read in the CNJ link here