Social landlords should make fire audits and inspections public
The BU household was touched by the tragedy that unfolded last week at the Grenfell Tower in the UK. To be expected there has been a loud public outcry questioning what fueled the disaster.
The concern the tragic event raises for BU is how do we, the PEOPLE, hold officials accountable when they ignore our concerns and it results in loss of life and damage to property. From all reports tenants, for years, reported safety concerns about the building and there is the report that inadequate materials were used to maintain the building that housed low income minorities. The UK government must be congratulated for ordering an inspection of all housing units in the country to avoid a similar occurrence at Grenfell Tower.
Barbadians have been quick to parallel the tragedy at Grenfell with the possibilities of planting a 15-storey structure. Let Grenfell be an opportunity to learn from mistakes made by others. Let us avoid searching for shortcuts to fast track projects because it is deemed to be the politically expedient decision.
The voice of the people is the voice of God.