Stir over new flats for Lon­don fire sur­vivors

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

WITH the Gren­fell Tower fire in Lon­don leav­ing many res­i­dents home­less, and pres­sured by waves of protest, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment an­nounced it had pur­chased a block of re­cently built apart­ments lo­cated in Kens­ing­ton Row, where the sur­vivors will share a com­plex with high-end, lux­ury apart­ments.

Although many lo­cal res­i­dents have said they are happy the sur­vivors now have a place to live, other res­i­dents in the next-door lux­ury apart­ments have com­plained about the ar­rival of their new neigh­bours from Gren­fell Tower, say­ing that it will cause prop­erty val­ues to drop and call­ing the move “un­fair”.

One lux­ury apart­ment res­i­dent said he was “very sad” for the vic­tims but added that the Gren­fell sur­vivors mov­ing in nearby would “de­grade things”. Xin­hua

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