Antonio Roncolato told BBC Newsnight Kensington and Chelsea Council got in touch with him to offer an apartment in Westminster and another in Earls Court, but he turned them
down because he wants to be near his work place and health facilities.
While he sympathised with the council for having the “difficult” job of assigning the residents with places they will eventually have to call home, he urged them to avoid making empty “promises”.
Mr Roncolato has been living in hotel rooms over the last few weeks because he is still awaiting suitable accommodation.
‘I want a nice place!’ Ex-Grenfell Tower resident admits rejecting TWO ‘inadequate’ flats
A FORMER Grenfell Tower resident has admitted to declining two apartments found by his council because they did not match his “comfort” standards. He said: “The Council offered me two apartments, one in Westminster. I declined because it’s not in my borough.“I want to be near my work and near where my relatives are. And the second one was a basement flat in Earls Court, near a very busy road. That also was not suiting my needs.”Scrutinising his reasoning, the BBC journalist asked the homeless resident what “acceptable” means to him. Mr Roncolato retorted: “Acceptable would be a two bedroom flat on the second, third fourth, fifth floor, with a lift if that’s the case.“In the area possibly near where I work, near where my relatives are. Also for the fact that my son has gone through some trauma because of what has happened and is receiving some counselling. His mum and his family want him to be as close as possible.”Mr Roncolato had lived in Grenfell Tower with his 26-year-old son on the 10th floor since 1990.Firefighters rescued the pair from the fatal flames at 6.30 am, hours after the inferno began. In what appeared to be an attack at Theresa May’s leadership and countless promises of to deliver homes for the residents, Mr Roncolato somewhat sided with local government, claiming the power was not completely in their hands.He said: “This [disaster] is unprecedented. Fortunately it doesn’t happen all the time. It’s out of the hands of some people in the local authorities. Obviously from the top they receive orders that ‘you’ve got to do this, and deliver this and deliver that’.”But he added: “What we ask is to be treated with respect, with sincerity with honesty… We want a nice place that eventually we will be calling home. “We understand that it’s very difficult that there aren’t many flats you can offer. But give us something nice, that will match the same level of comfort I had before.”Since the fatal fire engulfed in Grenfell Tower three weeks ago, hundreds of residents are still living in emergency accommodation after refusing offers of temporary housing.The Grenfell Response Team, responsible for the management of the relief operation has confirmed only nine housing offers have been accepted out of 139