|Earls Court Campaigners Condemn H&F Council|
For making "deeply disappointing move behind closed doors"
Campaigners fighting to save Earls Court Exhibition Centre from demolition have slammed a decision by the new Labour run Hammersmith and Fulham Council to approve plans for the centre "behind closed doors".
The Earls Court Action Group say in a statement: " In a deeply disappointing move, Hammersmith and Fulham’s Labour-run council has approved the Demolition and Waste Management plans. The destruction of the Earls Court Exhibition Centre is thus upon us.
" These plans were due to be discussed on the 8th October at a Planning and Development Control committee meeting of LBHF Councillors where the public could participate and petitions on the public health hazards risks would have been presented by residents living in the shadow of the demolitions.
" However, this meeting was cancelled and on Monday 29th September, in a meeting not open to the public, the matter was handed over to planning officers to decide under delegated powers, without reference to some LBHF councillors potentially undermining their future defence of residents in the Gibbs Green and West Kensington Estates.
" The bridge between Earls Court 1 and 2 can now be demolished mid-November and the Exhibition Centre start to be demolished over Christmas 2014.
" In a matter of weeks the halls that are synonymous with this cosmopolitan part of London will be lost to profit-driven developers.
" A vital socio-economic hub that benefits the public at large and contributes massively to the local and UK economy will be destroyed in the name of luxury flats far out of the reach of the vast majority of Londoners, a ‘destination’ high street - an oxymoron when that street will most likely be full of shops that can be found elsewhere close by - and a private hospital at a time when the A&E at Charing Cross NHS hospital is being axed and the hospital downgraded to just twenty-four beds.
" Despite this bleak prospect, we continue our fight to save Earls Court, the Peoples Estates and the Lillie Bridge depot. "
The campaigners are urging ocal people to join theiir call for a halt to the process, by signing their new urgent petition which already has over 3,000 signatures.
October 9, 2014