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The Earl’s Court Area Action Group was formed to bring together the different interest groups who were affected by the proposed redevelopment of the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. It has campaigned against the demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre One and Two, the demolition of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates and the Lillie Bridge Depot.
The Earl’s Court Area Action Group is non-aligned and is not affiliated to any political party or movement. Our Save Earl’s Court campaign supporters include local residents, business owners, the Association of Event Organisers, the RMT Union and the wider London community.
The Earl’s Court Area Action Group believes the decision, despite wide-spread opposition, to demolish the Earls Court Exhibition Centres was wrong. We campaigned to save an asset that was of vital importance to the capital's and our national economy. The Earls Court Exhibition Centres represented 30% of London’s and 16% of the UK’s vital exhibition space bringing in over £1.25bn per year. Their demolition has been an act of economic, social, environmental and cultural vandalism which must be redressed for the sake of London’s and the UK’s economy. Reduced footfall, steep increases in business rates and rents as well as uncertainty over the Earls Court Masterplan’s future has led to an economic downturn in the Earl’s Court area. We now campaign for “the world’s greenest venue” to be built so we have the replacement venue promised to local residents, showcasing green technologies such as solar panels, living walls and anaerobic digestion. This exciting multi-purpose venue “green from the pips up™,” would be constructed where the excellent public transport links which serve the Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area are easily accessible. Unlike the current Earls Court Masterplan which straddles the two boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea, we envisage step free access to the site from Earl’s Court tube station. We also campaign for low-rise, high-density, exemplary green housing to be built on the site. During a housing crisis, it is unacceptable that the site is currently empty with no temporary housing available. It is shameful that not one council home is planned to be built on the empty 22-acres on the Kensington and Chelsea part of the site. We envisage green housing for all with a range of housing options – including council housing, homes for key workers, family-sized homes to homes for the elderly and the disabled - alongside provision of community, social infrastructure and green space.
Mayor Khan declared a climate emergency for London in December 2018. It is unacceptable that this huge site has lain barren in Hammersmith and Fulham and Kensington and Chelsea for many months and it should be greened immediately.
The site’s new owners must seize the initiative and deliver a 21st Century alternative for the benefit of all Londoners. London can benefit from our world-class event organisers to ensure that a range of meanwhile use economic activity can continue on the site before works commence.
Earl’s Court hosted two Olympic Games and there is no sign of the promised Olympic Legacy. Our venue would redress this.
The West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates were saved from demolition in 2019. We continue to campaign to save the Lillie Bridge Depot.
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