Following the tragic news that started coming through last night of the fire in Grenfell Tower, Kensington, many residents have contacted me about the safety of tall buildings in Sutton, such as Chaucer House.

My thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of everyone in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park, are with those caught up in the fire, especially the family and friends of those who have lost their lives.

I have been in touch with the Chief Executive of Sutton Council to ask for assurances that tall buildings in Sutton such as Chaucer House, which was also recently re-clad to improve the appearance of the building, are not vulnerable to similar occurrences. In addition, I have asked that all safety measures be checked to ensure such a tragedy does not occur here.

Residents have also been in touch to ask about ways that they could help the victims and their families. I have asked the Chief Executive of Sutton Council if we could organise a drop-off for Sutton residents to donate food, water, toys, etc, and have them taken to Kensington.

I will be sure to keep residents updated about my discussions with the Council on this issue.