CFCTruth have been looking into the residents at West Ken and Gibbs Green and their fight to have the land sale agreement between Hammersmith and Fulham and CapCo declared unlawful. Among three court challenges, they have issued proceedings for urgent consideration to be given by the court to the signing of the conditional land sale agreement that covers the two estates. They argue that the council were trying to hide the contents of the document and when they would sign it. Despite the claimant, who is a a resident of the estates, having lost his legal aid (a real David and Goliath battle, this one) they appear to have thwarted the signing of the deal until the court sits. Their challenge to the land sale is based on four grounds; unlawful consultation procedures, an unclear re-housing plan, breaches of human rights legislation and the most serious, that the demolition of the estates is a case of gerrymandering and bias.
Evidently not overly concerned at the recent news that Earls Court [Exhibition Centres]’s future is in jeopardy, the London venue and its sibling Olympia have announced a raft of promotions and appointments.
Spokesman [for West Ken & Gibbs Green Estates] Jonathan Rosenberg said: "The decision completes the alignment of residents and businesses who will be damaged by this greedy scheme.
“The destruction of trade and industry, the loss of many jobs and the demolition of such an iconic part of our heritage in favour of luxury flats is a disgrace.
“Council tenants, Kensington residents plus the exhibitions and events industry are united in stopping this scheme.”
Designed by Detroit architect C Howard Crane, London's Earls Court Exhibition Centre opened in 1937 and it was the biggest indoor space in Europe, with a capacity of 23,000 seats. It has hosted a wide variety of events, including music performances by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen, Spice Girls and Madonna and now it's facing demolition.
Both the original building and its 1991 hangar-like extension are to be replaced with a "new London district" of 7,500 homes and a "21st-century high street" creating 12,000 jobs, according to developers Capital & Counties Properties PLC.
Now residents of Kensington and Chelsea and Hammersmith and Fulham have launched a campaign to stop the demolition of the historical art deco building, which would also take down West Kensington and Gibbs Green Estates, homes to 760 Hammersmith and Fulham residents.
An online petition has been launched and it can be found by clicking here