Grenfell Tower families moving into luxury Kensington block will be 'banned from using the swimming pool and gym'

Nick Reilly
The fire at Grenfell Tower destroyed homes and claimed over 79 lives (Rex)

Grenfell Tower residents will be excluded from using the leisure services on offer at the luxury Kensington housing block where they are set to be re-homed.

The Corporation of London has purchased 68 flats in the luxury Kensington High Street development – where penthouses go for up to £13 million, which will now become part of its social housing stock.

The homes in question were built as part of the development’s affordable housing quota, and do not have the same specification as the more luxurious flats in the building.

However, it has now been revealed that the new residents will be prohibited from using the luxury facilities on offer – including a gym, a swimming pool and a 24-hour concierge service.

A spokesperson for the Berkeley Group, who are developing the flats, confirmed the restriction when describing the new development.

Grenfell Tower victims will be housed permanently at the site (Berkeley Group)

Speaking at the time of the housing announcement, Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley said: ‘We’ve got to start by finding each of them a home.

‘Somewhere safe and supportive, close to their friends and the places they know, so they can start to rebuild their lives. We will work night and day to get these homes ready.’

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As investigations into the deadly blaze continue, it was recently suggested that residents may have been killed by cyanide poisoning – with the deadly gas released from burning insulation panels.

A safety expert has revealed that the insulation, which was recently fitted during a refurbishment of the 24-storey block, may have filled homes with cyanide when they caught fire.

It has also been claimed that the boards could have produced enough of the deadly gas to fill every flat – while manufacturer Celotex has confirmed that ‘toxic gases’ may have been released.

Yahoo News UK has contacted the Berkeley Group for comment.

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