Households still refusing to leave Chalcot estate | London

Around 20 households are staying defiant on the Chalcot Estate in Camden and refusing to leave, despite an evacuation of thousands of residents yesterday over fire safety fears.

Residents who are still in the blocks have told ITV News this morning the evacuation was ‘chaos’. One man whose elderly and disabled mother lives with him said he wasn’t leaving as he’s worried the accommodation being offered isn’t suitable for her.

A number of people spent a second night last night on air beds in two respite centres near the blocks, one set up inside Swiss Cottage library. However many have also now been moved into local hotels.

Yesterday’s evacuation was voluntary, but the leader of the council said this morning officials would be visiting the blocks again to try and get the last residents out.

This morning council staff will conduct further door knocking to ask those who remain to leave, and issue another letter reiterating to residents who are still remaining in the Taplow, Bray, Dorney and Burnham blocks, that they must leave.

By remaining in the blocks these residents risk delaying the work that is required and that we are undertaking to make these homes safe.

It is not safe to remain in these blocks and our residents’ safety will continue to be the council’s number one priority.

– Cllr Georgia Gould, leader of Camden Council

The council has made over 200 offers of accommodation so far at a cost of more than half a million pounds. It has also committed £100,000 to pay for food and essential items for those out of their homes.

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