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Government to take control of Grenfell site

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The government will take control of the day-to-day management of the Grenfell Tower site as the Metropolitan Police prepare to release it as a crime scene, it has been confirmed.

The tower in North Kensington and the immediate surrounding area has been independently managed by a team led by Bromley LBC chief executive Doug Patterson since July last year, weeks after the fire which killed 71 people.

The site was set to be handed back to Kensington & Chelsea RBC but the government has now decided the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government will take control of the plot this autumn following opposition from residents, according to reports.

In a statement the government said MHCLG will make operational decisions on safety, security and access arrangements until the future of the site has been decided and Kensington & Chelsea will have no role in decision-making.

The MHCLG and community groups in March formally agreed a set of principles, backed by Kensington & Chelsea, which guaranteed the survivors, bereaved families and residents would determine what happens to the site.

The government said the need for participants in expert witnesses to access the tower would “continue to take priority”.

A Kensington & Chelsea spokesperson said: “We welcome the announcement that the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government will take over the site from the Metropolitan Police. The council has always outlined that it should have no part in any day to day operations.

“The community must have full control to shape the legacy of Grenfell following this tragedy.”

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