However, in the context of the
St George proposals, one can infer from LCR's decision that they
have decided to play the development card to the full, which they
can only do if they get rid of their tenant - the Earls Court
and Olympia Group.
The date chosen by LCR to revoke its lease will cause maximum
disruption to the operations of the Exhibition Hall. One can already
imagine the chaos that the loss of this amenity will bring to
the organisation of the Horse Show, for example, shortly before
Christmas - and to our streets, which are already overflowing
with traffic. Where will all the exhibitors' vehicles park? WIll
some of them decide that it is simply not worth the hassle?
This decision is bound to be brought
up as a major issue during the Public Inquiry. One of the major
objections to the St George Central London Ltd development proposal
is the effect it would have on the longer-term viability of the
Earls Court & Olympia Group, the single biggest private employer
in the Borough. Many residents have already expressed the opinion
to SRRA that LCR's decision is a "strong-arm tactic"
designed for the sole benefit of the would-be developer.
SRRA will release a formal statement
at a later date, after having consulted its members. But it deplores
and condemns this decision, as well as the way in which it was
taken, and will work towards putting maximum pressure on the railway
operator to revise its position, and enable the Olympia to continue
using its ancillary car park."
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