It's the second anniversary of the Grenfel Tower fire disaster. 72 people died in the fire at the tower block. I am shocked to learn that 221 similar buildings still have the cladding. Why is this still a fact?
The truth is there are very small number of companies capable of removing the cladding from the outside of buildings that big and it is a slow job. Its going to take a long time to get round to do all the necessary tower blocks.
Also, apparently, some of the companies that would be capable of doing the work don't want to get involved because they feel they would suffer negative PR, guilt by association or whatever. I would imagine they don't trust the new cladding and don't want their name dragged through the courts if a that anything bad happens in the future.
I grew up in that part of London and even when they were building them in the 60s people were refusing to move into those high rise blocks because "everyone" was saying they were death traps even then.
The situation was made complicated because so many of the people who died were sofa surfers or in illegal sublets, a situation that is totally normal in London. Nobody, least of all the council had the faintest idea who was living there.
The several crowdfunding appeals that sprung up, one raised £2 million, are the subject of allegations, as is the fate of many tons of clothes, household goods etc that was donated. Its all very messy