Thank you to all who attended our celebration of 7 years campaigning. We premiered our new campaign film, had a photo exhibition of our various events and protests through the years and of course enjoyed one of our scrumptious campaign cakes. 7 years not out!
Brazilian volleyball superstar and Olympic medal winner Giba makes a passionate call to action for Londoners and Mayor Khan to bring volleyball back to Earl’s Court.
You can watch Giba's broadcast here: https://youtu.be/YNCdV-2VjqI
42 year old Brazilian volleyball superstar Gilberto Amauri de Godoy Filho aka Giba has come out of retirement to sign for leading English team IBB Polonia London.
Giba played in the top of the table Volleyball England Super League clash against Sheffield Hallam on April 14 at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. IBB Polonia won 3-1.
Before the match, he was filmed by the Save Earl’s Court campaign making a passionate plea to Londoners and Mayor Khan to help bring back volleyball to Earls Court. Londoners were promised an Olympic Legacy at Earl’s Court, instead the iconic venue has been demolished for luxury flats and works by the joint venture between Capital & Counties Properties Plc and Transport for London on the site has stalled. Mayor Khan is Chair of Transport for London. All that remains is a wasteland.
“Hello everyone I’m Giba, I’m a volleyball player from Brazil. I have three Olympic medals. Gold in 2004, silver in 2008 and here in London, in 2012 where I played my last match, I leave the national team.
But the more important thing, I am here now to ask for you guys here in London, the court where I played, Earl’s Court, does not exist anymore and the land is empty.
In this place we can do many kind of great things for volleyball – beach volleyball, indoor volleyball and now we have also this snow volleyball! OK? We can arrange!
And I am here to give my support to volleyball coming back to London. I am here in London this week to play with IBB Polonia volleyball and show how much the people here in England love volleyball.
Please, Mayor, give back our court and I give all the support for the local people to help them! Help them to take back our place, our home, our volleyball home here in London!”
Save Earl's Court and Save Earl's Court Supporters Club have called for a peaceful protest, supported by the Radical Housing Network, to take place on Wednesday 27th February 2019 outside Kensington Town Hall from 6:30pm.
Capital and Counties Properties Plc (Capco) (a partnership between Transport for London and global private equity investors) has demolished the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres and intends to build luxury flats on 22 acres of what was publicly owned land, with not one Council or social rent home to be built on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea side.
Planning permission for the development has been granted by RBKC. After Grenfell, RBKC promised to listen to local residents - we are demanding that they do that and build a range of green, low rise, high-density housing options including council housing; green space; community infrastructure and the world’s greenest venue on the site. And put the site to use by the local community while its future is decided. We will not accept a few token social homes that may be offered to keep us quiet: the development needs to genuinely fulfil local needs.
Representatives from the Save Earl's Court campaign and Save Earl's Court Supporters Club were at City Hall on the 23rd of January, 2019. They were participating in the Examination in Public for the Draft London Plan on Opportunity Areas. The Earls Court Masterplan relates to the Earl's Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area. The Examination in Public process is led by planning inspectors appointed by the Secretary of State. We raised issues such as lack of resident engagement in the planning process - described as a "democratic chasm" by our campaign; housing that genuinely meets community need; the devastating impact the demolition of the Earls Court Exhibition Centres has had on businesses; lack of social infrastructure; meanwhile (temporary) use of the Earls Court Masterplan land which lies empty; and a review mechanism to assess failing Masterplans.
On the 9th of November, 2018 Save Earl's Court campaigners went live on Twitter for the first time from a secret location in Earl's Court. In these videos, through the window, you can observe a guerilla projection "Mayor Khan, listen to us."
Our campaign has been supported by gamers, trekkies, film and comic fans and we thank them.
Guerilla projectionists go “Live from Earl’s Court” to shine a light on Mayor Khan’s exclusion of the local community on the Earls Court Masterplan.
Guerilla projectionists have targeted Mayor Khan with a series of messages and demands shone on to the Earls Court Masterplan where the iconic Earls Court Exhibition Centre once stood.
Using evocative images and phrases, they called on Sadiq Khan to listen to the community and to intervene in the future of the faltering joint venture between Transport for London and Capital & Counties Properties Plc (Capco). Capco have recently disclosed that they are in talks with the Hong Kong billionaire owner of CK Asset Holdings about a deal to sell on the Earls Court Masterplan with no community input as to its future.
“Bring back the beating heart of Earl’s Court for a green and transparent future” was the main refrain - demanding that “the world’s greenest venue” and “homes for all” be built on the site of the former iconic exhibition centre.
They also demanded action on air quality: “This is a wasteland, pollution is killing us”, provision of green space for children and redress for the broken promises of the non-existent Earl’s Court “Olympic Legacy.”
In what the activists called an alternative “Sound and Light Show” in a swipe at the loss of the global music venue - with only the noise of traffic, rain and tube trains to accompany them - S.O.S messages along with black and white film clips featuring Earl’s Court’s past as a double Olympic venue flickered through the pouring rain.
The Guerilla projectionists did not use green light in order to avoid any chance of confusing the train drivers who drive across the site on the District Line and Overground services.
We want a future here that can be enjoyed by the Earl’s Court and wider community regardless of income.
We call on Mayor Khan to intervene in the Earls Court Masterplan so homes and employment can be generated on this complex site, at its centre a replacement mixed use green Exhibition/Multi-purpose Centre to help promote London in a post-Brexit world.
Mayor Khan must listen. He has an opportunity to ditch the current Earl’s Court Masterplan and create a green and sustainable future for all of us.
“WORLD’S GREENEST VENUE” continues to gather support and ECAAG calls on Mayor Khan to intervene in the Earl’s Court West Kensington Opportunity Area.
With rumours of a revised Earls Court Masterplan being submitted in Spring 2019 by developer Capital and Counties Properties Plc (Capco), with no community input, on the 28th of August 2018, Deputy Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Kim Taylor-Smith, met with representatives from the Earl’s Court Area Action Group, Save Earl’s Court Campaigners and Save Earl’s Court Supporters Club to discuss their plans for the world's greenest venue and a range of green housing options on the site of the former Earl's Court Exhibition Centre.
Artist Duggie Fields and a member of the RMT Union’s National Executive Committee also attended. The CEO of the Association of Event Organisers could not attend but sent a message expressing his members’ interest in exploring the opportunities that a new venue would offer.
After 5 years of campaigning, Kim Taylor-Smith’s visit to Earl’s Court was the first ever meeting between campaigners and a senior member of the Council. This is a testament to the Save Earl’s Court campaign’s staying power and increasing awareness that short, medium and long-term solutions have to be found for this site.
Listening to some of the imaginative and socially inclusive ideas put forward by the group, Kim Taylor-Smith said that ‘meanwhile’ uses for the site should be explored.
ECAAG calls on Mayor Khan to intervene in the Earl’s Court West Kensington Opportunity Area so homes and employment can be generated on this complex site, at its centre a replacement mixed use green Exhibition/Multi-purpose Centre to help promote London in a post-Brexit world.
Artist Duggie Fields supports petition to build world's greenest venue on the site of the Earl's Court Masterplan
Renowned artist Duggie Fields has lived in Earl's Court for over 40 years. He has been a passionate save Earl's Court campaigner since the Earls Court Masterplan was revealed. He fully supports the 38 Degrees petition below which calls for the world's greenest venue to be built to replace the iconic building, that there should be an international architecture competition to design it and that tendering and procurement processes should be open and transparent with materials sourced in an environmentally, socially just and sustainable way.
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Linda Wade, Chair of ECAAG and campaign supporter Desi were interviewed about the latest developments on the Earls Court Masterplan by London Live TV on the 26th of January, 2018.
A sea-change in political priorities within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) means the Earls Court Masterplan may be undeliverable in its current form.
Responding to recent press reports that the future of the 22-acre site in RBKC, as envisaged under the existing planning permission, is now in grave doubt, Cllr. Linda Wade (Liberal Democrat - Earl’s Court ward) who is Chair of ECAAG asked for an update on the present level of engagement between developer EC Properties Ltd and the Council.
Cllr. Kim Taylor-Smith, Conservative Deputy Leader of RBKC Council, Housing and Regeneration, replying during January’s full Council meeting, said that he had written to the developer’s Chief Executive, “seeking a meeting to consider the site's future".
Taylor-Smith explained that "On the 14th of June the facts on the ground changed in Kensington" and “Politically, I want to make it very clear that I do not believe the continuation of this development under the current terms is right. And I have also written to Cllr. Stephen Cowan [Labour Leader of Hammersmith and Fulham Council] expressing my concern over this development and I have offered my complete support [to him] to revisit these plans around the entire scheme and I have copied this letter to the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.”
Cllr. Wade replied that crucial questions remain as to the viability of the site in today’s market.
With RBKC now aligning with Hammersmith and Fulham, jointly resolving to put social housing and genuinely affordable homes at the heart of the Earls Court Masterplan, this leaves the proposed luxury, super-prime redevelopment exposed and EC Properties Ltd’s ambitions vulnerable to change.
ECAAG campaigners see this political volte face as a great opportunity to right blatant wrongs, arguing for a wide range of housing options to be built on the site along with the world’s greenest, multi-purpose venue to ensure a prosperous future for the community and Londoners, rather than a fast buck for off-shore speculators.
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