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Email to Chairman of the Grenfell Tower Fire Public Inquiry

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 14, 2018 09:19:50
Email sent - 26/11/2017 13:43

Sir Martin More- Bick Chairman of the Public Inquiry

Mr Sadiq Khan MP and London Mayor

Dear Sirs

I have had more time to digest the Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) written by Mr Carl C Stokes, not dated, not signed and not approved. The FRA was compiled a few months before the cladding was installed on the Grenfell Tower (GT).

This FRA does, in my view, support my claims the fire at Grenfell Tower was foreseeable and preventable. It also supports my claims the GT was unsafe and unfit for purpose owing to serious fire hazards based on the following irregularities:

1.The FRA did NOT include the apartment dwellings.

2. The apartment dwellings' front doors have not been provisioned with fire doors.

3. No mention of the PVC gas main running vertically up the stair wells.

4. Large area of the GT not covered by the FRA.

5. Stay Put Policy Precaution - Page 5.

6. Roof access door permanently locked.

7. No reliance on external rescue eg Fireman's Ladders - page 7.

8. The Fire service will arrange the general evacuation - page 5.

9. General communal doors were only FD30 and should have been FD 60.

10. Risk to Life TOLERABLE page 10.

11. Housekeeping non-existent

12. Storage of flammable material - paint, glue, white spirits etc not considered dangerous.

13. The Lifts CAN Be used in the event of a fire - Page 18.

14. 20th floor door always locked to the roof.

15. The FRA claimed the walls and ceiling were NOT in good condition - page 21.

16. The FRA claims the emergency lighting for the emergency escape routs were N/A - page 22.

17. FRA claims the street lighting would provide adequate coverage - page 27. What happens if the street lighting is switched off at midnight?

18. No smoke alarms in dwellings - page 25

19. No portable fire fighting equipment - page 24.

20. No testing and maintenance of fire equipment - Page 27.

21. No inspection of emergency escape route lighting - Page 27

22. No inspection, testing or maintenance records kept.

23. No periodical inspection of any external Eecape routes - Page 28

24. Fire Extinguishers condemned - Page 28

25. No fire training to residents.


At this juncture there is no amended updated FRA when the cladding refurbishment took place,and there is still no Interim Fire Report. The Grenfell Tower was a CATASTROPHE waiting to happen, as are dozen if not hundreds of other high rise buildings nationwide.

For your information, action and files.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

FOIA Campaigner and Social Watchdog.

Alan M Dransfield

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Information requested on Grenfell Tower

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 14, 2018 09:13:14

Email sent - Sun 26/11/2017 17:43

Kensington and Chelsea Council

Under protection of the FOIA 2000, please provide me with the following information in PDF format:

1. A copy of the As Built Health and Safety File for the Cladding and Refurbishment programme approx mid 2015.

2. A copy of the amended Fire Risk Assessment post cladding refurbishment.

3. Copies of the invoices paid to Mr CG Stokes for the Fire Risk Assessments between Jan 2010 and to Mid June 2017. I fully realize there may well be some redactment required on this segment of my FOIA request. .=

4. Name and address of the Public Liability Insurance Company for the Grenfell Tower.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Aan M Dransfield

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Lessons learnt from the Grenfell fire

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 14, 2018 09:02:55

Email sent - Sun 10/12/2017 13:50

Rt Hon Theresa May Prime Minister

Rt Hon Sadiq Khan London Mayor

Dear Prime Minister and London Mayor

Next Thursday, the 14th December, it will be 6 months since that fateful night in June 2017 when the Grenfell Fire happened. Some 6 months post fire we have not learnt one single Lesson. Hence, I am going to spell out several lessons learnt to prevent similar fires nationwide:

1. Interim Fire Report must be produced as a matter of extreme urgency, eg several days or 2/3 weeks maximum on such fires. No IFR has been provisioned to date.

2. Fire Safety Log Book must be update and retained as per Fire Safety Act 2005.

3. Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) must be updated in line with the Fire Safety Act 2005. No current FRA available at the Grenfell Tower.

4. All Resident Apartment/flats must be included in the Fire Risk Assessment. At this Juncture the FRA does NOT include the residents' homes. This is an extremely dangerous practice.

5. Public Inquiries CANNOT meet their Terms of Reference in the absence of FRA/Interim Fire Report and Fire Safety Log Book.

6. The Fire Safety Act 2005 has been consistently abused by the residents and owners of the Grenfell Tower.

7. Adequate Portable Fire Equipment should be provided and maintained.

8. Adequate and professional fire practice training should be maintained and recorded.

9. Police Authority needs further training how to recover and identify victims' bodies and maintain a body count.

10. Lessons learned from any fire must be captured and disseminated to all relevant parties as a matter of extreme urgency.

11. Lessons learned - procedures at the Grenfell Fire are tantamount to criminal negligence.

For your information action and files

Alan M Dransfield.

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Private prosecution of public authorities

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, January 14, 2018 08:59:26

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FOIA request

Grenfell TowerPosted by Sheila Oliver Sun, July 09, 2017 08:37:59
Email sent - 05/07/2017 20:22

Kensington Council

Dear Mr Yu

So, how can you know my original email FOIA request was lost? I will now submit a brand new FOIA for the Grenfell Tower fire.

Please provide me with the following details:

1. A copy of the As Built Health and Safety File for the refurbishment works completed in 2015.

2. A copy of the Internal and External Audit Report for the Council ISO 9000 series.

3. A copy of the approved Fire Risk Assessment for Grenfell

4. A copy of the Kensington Council Risk Assessment for the Grenfell Refurbishment works.

5. A copy of the tender bid process for the Grenell Refurbishment works.

6. A copy of the Lightning protection Certificate for the Grenfell Tower Block.

With thanks

Alan M Dransfield

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 8:05 AM, Freedom of Information: CP-ICT: RBKC <> wrote:

Dear Mr. Dransfield,

Could you re-send your FOI request to me please? It wasn’t forwarded to us when you made the request and it doesn’t appear in the email chain.

Once I have your request I will start processing it.

I apologise for the delay and any inconvenience caused.

Yours sincerely

Robin Yu

Information Governance and Management Officer

Shared ICT Service

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Tel: 020 7938 8226

Email: | Website:

From: HNGMails: HS-SocSvc: RBKC
Sent: 04 July 2017 13:52
To: Yu, Robin: CP-ICT: RBKC <>
Subject: FW: Thank you for E-Mail

From: alan dransfield []
Sent: 21 June 2017 06:24
To: HNGMails: HS-SocSvc: RBKC <>
Cc: BRADSHAW Ben <>; John BERCOW <>
Subject: Re: Thank you for E-Mail

Kensington Council

Dear Sirs

You have not responded to me within your stated response time. Owing to the gravity and sensitivity of the Grenfell Tower Fire, I would be grateful, if you would treat my FOIA request as an emergency please and fast track it.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

On Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 6:04 AM, HNGMails: HS-SocSvc: RBKC <> wrote:

Your e-mail has been received by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Housing Needs Department, we will reply to you within 24 hours from the time of receipt if during the week. E-mails sent over the weekend will be responded to on a Monday morning.

Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm

Telephone Number : 020 7361 3008

Fax Number: 020 7361 3718

Website :

Reception Address: Kensington Town Hall

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W8 7NX

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