Kensington resident tells shocked radio host: ‘If Grenfell families move in I’ll leave’


A Kensington resident told a shocked radio presenter she would move out if Grenfell Tower families were rehoused in her private block.

The woman, called Donna, complained to LBC host Shelagh Fogarty that if people made homeless on the blaze moved into her luxury building for free, it would be very unfair.

It comes after it was revealed 68 social housing flats in the £2 billion Kensington Row development have been acquired to house families hit by the blaze.

In the radio interview, Donna said her service charge bill was £15,500, and said: “I would feel really resentful if someone got the same thing for free. 

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Shocked: Shelagh Fogarty (LBC)

“I feel sorry for those people but my husband and I work very hard to be able to afford this.

“And for someone to get it free, I would move.”

A shocked Ms Fogarty replied: “You’d move?”

Donna went on: “Our council tax bill is very, very high, our service charge bill is very, very high, so why should someone get it for free?

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Some Grenfell Tower residents are to be re-homed in a £2bn luxury block

“I know it sounds harsh believe me I feel sorry for those people but I work very, very hard and so does my husband.”

Ms Fogarty hit back: “It does sound harsh, you sound hard-hearted.”

She told her: “Lucky you that you’ve got that money and you haven’t been burned out of your home.”

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The comments came after several Kensington Rise residents caused outrage by branding the move “unfair”.

One man told the Guardian: “I’m very sad that people have lost their homes, but there are a lot of people here who have bought flats and will now see the values drop. 

“It will degrade things. And it opens up a can of worms in the housing market.”

The comments were branded “horrendous” and lacking “humanity” on Twitter.

The properties that have been acquired are a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom flats, and the new accommodation is expected to be completed by the end of July. 

Two bedroom flats are currently being advertised for up to £2.4 million, but it is understood the City of London Corporation paid around £10 million for some of the flats thanks to an “extraordinary gesture” of goodwill by developer St Edward in selling the properties at their cost price.

The deal was brokered by the Homes and Communities Agency on behalf of the Government.

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