Don’t trust the trust: how the community in the shadow of Grenfell is battling to rescue its cultural identity

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Sophia Akram investigates how one West London Caribbean community’s cultural identity has been eroded

Portobello’s Acklam Village is known for its bustling weekend market, one of the few remaining market spaces left in London where local traders are holding on to their stalls.

It’s a weekday however, and the Village’s Bay 56 community hub has opened up for a very different reason.

Londoners and others who came to the area after the news of the Grenfell Tower fire, just over a year ago, may remember Bay 56 as one of several groups co-ordinating support when it became apparent that an official response was not forthcoming.

However, in early June, one week before the fire’s anniversary, music artist Niles Hailstones has opened the hub’s shutters to deliver a message of intending resonance. “Don’t trust the trust”, referring to the Westway Trust, a charity that was set up to act for the…

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