There was no suffering there, no pain, no need to make do and mend. The tower is a crematorium, with bodies piled up inside. It is surreal, this burned-out black building, still billowing acrid smoke up and across the people scattered in the surrounding streets with dust masks on their foreheads and necks.
In January 2016, residents of Grenfell Tower took their concerns about cheap materials and poor workmanship to a meeting of the council’s Housing and Property Scrutiny Committee.
Minutes of this meeting confirm that councillors were addressed by Edward Daffarn, lead representative of the Grenfell Tower Residents Association.
It is not yet clear whether anyone ever looked into the residents’ warnings.
It has also emerged that in order to save money, Kensington and Chelsea council ditched Leadbitter, the original proposed contractor, and instead went with Rydon’s cheaper bid for the refurbishment work.
She said: "Whenever we tried to contact the council directly they would not actually let us.
They would say we have to speak to them through the TMO.All of these will be thoroughly investigated as part of the formal investigation which has already begun.” Rydon has been contacted for comment.It has repeatedly said that all the refurbishment work carried out at Grenfell Tower met both building and fire regulation standards and was signed off by the council.So ‘they’ clad the tower block in stuff that would be less offensive to the eyes they were trying to attract. Probably turning the homes of the people living there into a Roman candle in the process. She says these will be the invisible people, turned to dust, About 600 people were crammed into these flats, six flats to a floor, 24 storeys high. This was a major refurbishment of a tower.” He told Sky News: "Clearly something has gone tragically wrong, but the intention was to improve the quality of the housing, and to ensure heating systems, boilers, central heating, insulation was improved.