Re­flec­tion mixes with frus­tra­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS -

The an­niver­sary of the Gren­fell Tower fire is an op­por­tu­nity to “make sure that the world is still lis­ten­ing” so such a tragedy never hap­pens again, a sur­vivor has said.

An­to­nio Ron­co­lato, a for­mer res­i­dent of the 10th floor of the west Lon­don high­rise block, called for a day of re­flec­tion and sup­port to mark one year since the blaze.

How­ever, the 58-year-old also ex­pressed frus­tra­tion at a litany of prom­ises bro­ken by au­thor­i­ties and said he was still in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mr Ron­co­lato told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion: “To­day is a very im­por­tant day. We have to re­mem­ber what has hap­pened – I am very lucky and for­tu­nate to be alive.

“My thoughts are all the time with peo­ple that are no longer with us but mainly with the fam­i­lies of those peo­ple be­cause their wounds are very much open and very painful.

“To­day is a time to re­flect and to raise fur­ther aware­ness and make sure that the world is still lis­ten­ing be­cause we don’t want this to hap­pen ever again.”

He con­tin­ued: “All the prom­ises and work the lo­cal au­thor­ity and Gov­ern­ment said – we should all have been re­housed a long, long time ago, per­ma­nently re­housed.

“It hasn’t hap­pened. We never asked for th­ese prom­ises.”

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