Let’s start with the more serious news. Southwark Council will not face manslaughter charges for the fire at Lakanal House in 2009. However, the Sceaux Gardens Tenants & Residents Association (T&RA) has launched an Appeal Fund to cover their incidental legal costs incurred in being represented at the inquest.
The T&RA have been granted “interested party” status for the inquest, alongside the bereaved families, but were unsuccessful in securing Legal Aid. They currently rely on advice and support on legal and procedural matters given free of charge by a solicitor and a barrister that have agreed to work for no pay. However, with the inquest predicted to last up to 8 weeks, they’ll take on this representation role themselves — the solicitor & barrister cannot be expected to take 8 weeks off work, with no pay.
The T&RA officers have committed to representing the Association at the inquest but know that they’ll require professional advice and guidance on matters of procedure and law at various stages during the 8 week period. To this end, an Appeal to raise funds for this was launched on 14 May 2012. The target is to raise £10,000, from donations from organisations and individuals who have either an interest in, or sympathy with our cause. So far, they’ve raised almost £1,000.
You can make a donation on their appeal page, by debit/credit card, Paypal or Charities Aid Foundation Accounts. 100% of all donations made via this channel will go directly to the Appeal Fund – Charities Aid Foundation levy no administrative fees or charges.
Thanks very much to Mushtimushta for putting together the text for me — I’m sure if you have questions he’ll be happy to answer you in the comments.
On to matters lighter. This weekend is, as I’m sure you know, the Royal Jubilee, and there are a number of events on in and around Camberwell. On Saturday there’s a party in Faraday Gardens, Walworth, from 11am to 6pm, and a Big Lunch event at the Secret Garden (behind KFC on Kimpton Road) at 1pm on the same day. On Sunday 3rd there’ll be another Big Lunch, this time on the Green, from 12pm to 3pm. Details are on this Facebook post.
And yes, I know that some of you are committed republicans, but as the Huguenots who settled in Denmark Hill in the 17th Century would have said: Vive la difference.