MP calls for demolition of tower blocks…

Iain Duncan Smith has called for demolition of tower blocks in wake of Grenfell disaster.

IDSplacing them with “proper family friendly housing”.

Iain Duncan Smith said people do not want to live in tower blocks. Speaking to LBC’s Andrew Pierce he said: “I’ve yet to meet a constituent who has ever said to me ‘I want to go and live in a tall tower block’. None of them do and I don’t blame them because they are pretty soulless really. They are safer in houses, they are safer in low rises and I’d much rather have that. It breeds a better kind of community too.”

Speaking in the wake of the fire at Grenfell Tower in which 79 people are now known to have died, Iain Duncan Smith said: “The cost of refurbishing these tower blocks, which were badly designed and planned by socialist planners after the war in the 1960s and 70s without any due regard to what people actually want to do, it’s time really to look at them and say the extent and cost of doing them, and actually it makes them more risky – It’s far better if we bring many of them down and actually replace them with proper family friendly housing.

Read more and listen to the interview here.