“The Grenfell Tower fire is an awful tragedy and my heart goes out to all of those who have lost loved ones, been injured or find themselves without a home.
The highest of tributes must go out to both the emergency services who once again showed off their incredible professionalism, dedication and bravery.
I and the other Ruscote Labour councillors have already made contact with Sanctuary Housing for reassurance that the maisonettes on Bretch Hill are properly protected.
Obviously we do not yet know the full facts, however a fire of this magnitude and devastation should not be happening in this day and age.
Yet it’s highly likely that a combination of three things contributed to this appalling incident; rank incompetence, inadequate legislation and under-funding.
The investigation will bring out the facts and any possible charges for the first, and the second is where the independent inquiry comes into play.
However the third will only be solved by a change of government; to ensure that our homes are built to the highest health and safety standards and landlords, housing associations and councils have the time and resources to carry out proper checks of our housing estates and tower blocks.”
Leader Labour Group Cherwell Council