Following the Grenfell atrocity, many high-rise blocks have had their cladding and insulation removed, leaving thousands exposed to illness and death from cold. Last winter over 11,000 people died from cold homes. Like deaths from fire due to shoddy building standards and unaccountable public and private landlords, deaths from cold in this rich country are a shocking and unacceptable tragedy. Residents on many housing estates, new and old, are fighting for insulation – but it has to be safe!
At the same time more and more housing estates are being fitted with district heating networks. Communal heating could save both money and carbon but in practice it is unregulated and often done badly, leaving many residents cold and out of pocket. Also, without thorough inspection, pipes can be left with gaps around them that provide thoroughfares for fire and smoke.
This meeting will be a great opportunity to discuss what residents are demanding and can demand, and exchange ideas and experiences with housing activists, experts on insulation, construction and maintenance, and political decision-makers.
The meeting will be on 18th January, 18.30-21.30 at Crossroads Women’s Centre, 25 Wolsey Mews, NW5 2DX. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
Confirmed speakers include:
***Ishmael Francis-Murray, lifelong Lancaster West resident. Check out his documentary, Failed by the State (https://www.youtube.com/
***Cllr Emma Dent Coad, Labour MP for Kensington, and author of ‘After Grenfell: Housing and Inequality in Kensington and Chelsea, the most unequal borough in Britain’.
***Sian Berry, Green Camden councillor and London Assembly Member. As Mayoral candidate, Sian proposed free insulation for all homes.
***An architect from Concrete Action, an independent network of architecture professionals.