Reflection mixes with frustration
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.”