London, UK. 10th Aug, 2017. London, UK. 10th August 2017. Ian Bone of Class War, who lived in Grenfell Tower for three years in the 1980s, speaks at the protest by the Peoples Republic Of North Kensington, an organisation supporting the former residents of Grenfell Tower, outside Duke's Lodge, a large block of flats in Holland Park calling on Kensington & Chelsea Council to compulsory purchase the empty block and refurbish its 27 flats as housing for families displaced by the Grenfell fire, around a 15 minute walk away. The protest was supported by some local residents from Grenfell and by

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August 10, 2017 - London, UK - London, UK. 10th August 2017. Ian Bone of Class War, who lived in Grenfell Tower for three years in the 1980s, speaks at the protest by the Peoples Republic Of North Kensington, an organisation supporting the former residents of Grenfell Tower, outside Duke's Lodge, a large block of flats in Holland Park calling on Kensington & Chelsea Council to compulsory purchase the empty block and refurbish its 27 flats as housing for families displaced by the Grenfell fire, around a 15 minute walk away. The protest was supported by some local residents from Grenfell and by Class War. The vacant block is owned by the Candy brothers, and a former resident who was passing and stopped to talk told with protesters she had spent £40,000 on interior decoration or her flat and that she and the other residents were forced out very much against their wishes. Plans to demolish the large block and replace it by 3 luxury villas were turned down by the council and the owners have now put the site on the market for £70 million, roughly twice the amount they paid for it. The Grenfell residents want to remain in the local area and remain as a community - despite which at least one family have already been rehoused by the council in Peterborough - and this, along with empty flats on the Sutton Estate would be an ideal location. Peter Marshall ImagesLive (Credit Image: © Peter Marshall/ImagesLive via ZUMA Wire)

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