A week ago we were sitting around the kitchen table planning our trip down to the #EndOurCladdingCrisis outside parliament. Conversation lead us to the realisation that it wasn’t just our leaseholders in our development that were grappling with this life changing issue. There would be many other leaseholders in Birmingham and the West Midlands in similar situations. This lead us to the conclusion that we needs to form a wider lobbying group and so the Birmingham Leaseholder Action Group was born!
A number of residents from the Islington Gates development on Fleet Street in Birmingham travelled down to London to join the rally organised by the Manchester Cladiators and supported by Andy Burnham the Mayor of Manchester. Also involved was the London based group the UK Cladding Action Group (UKCAG).
Speakers at the Rally include Hilary Benn, the Labour MP for Leeds Central, Andy Burnham the Mayor of Manchester, Sadiq Khan Mayor of London and Sir Peter Bottomley, Father of the UK House of Commons.
We have had great support from our MP Shabana Mahmood who attended the rally with us.
Shabana has spoken out many times to highlight our plight. And represented us in Parliament during a recent debate in Westminster Hall. Shabana has received a lot of correspondence from constituents and many have attended her Advice Surgeries.
The Rally was covered by the TV and press. Such as the Guardian:
Combustible cladding: protesters call on Boris Johnson to end crisis
Owners of high-rise apartments wrapped in combustible cladding have demonstrated in Westminster to demand Boris Johnson release billions of pounds to end a national fire safety crisis that continues nearly 1,000 days after the Grenfell Tower disaster.
This week members of the Birmingham Leaseholder Action Group have been actively spreading the word and hoping for other leaseholders and stakeholders to join with us as a voice from the Midlands to lobby Parliament. There will be articles in the local and national press in the coming weeks.
We are inviting any interested parties to join us for a meeting on the 5 March. Please get in touch if you are interested.