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.