Hundreds of families have been moved out of five tower blocks in Camden tonight for up to a month over safety fears. Camden Council said 800 homes on the Chalcots estate were being evacuated with plans to house tenants in temporary accommodation.
It comes following an inspection of the blocks by the authority and London Fire Brigade which determined “urgent fire safety works” were needed. Tests showed cladding fitted to the blocks were identical to that used at Grenfell. Council leader Georgia Gould admitted the tragedy, in nearby Kensington, ‘changes everything’.
Initially, it was revealed 161 homes in the Taplow block were being evacuated before it later emerged residents living in 800 homes across five towers were being removed. Resident Shirley Phillips said “this is ridiculous” as she revealed she learned about the mass evacuation through TV reports. “I had a fire safety check done today. Why have they left it til half past eight on Friday night to start getting residents out? Where do they think we’re all going?”