Enthusiasts campaign to save Earls Court from the wrecking ball

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A Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council plan to demolish Earls Court – home of the British Motor Show for many years – has locals and car enthusiasts up in arms.

Protestors say that the developer’s proposals for next year, which include building 7500 homes on the 77-acre site, will destroy jobs in the exhibition sector and lead to the loss of years of London’s heritage.

Residents are so concerned that they have set up the ‘Save Earl's Court West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates’ campaign.

Spokesman 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.”

Councillor Paul Warrick chaired the meeting, saying: “Redeveloping Earls Court to provide much-needed housing and other uses has been our policy for years.”

The plans will consist of the construction of four villages, a high street, plus facilities including a nursery and a healthcare centre.

Campaigners are urging the public to sign an online petition against the development.

Comments

msrt2t

Spent many hours on the Humber stand for four years, awful place, freezing cold gales cut through you followed by hot blasts as from a furnace, had my worst case of flu ever as a result
But the 'dolly birds' were fantastic.

Philippe Bertrand

Very good initiative, I should have supported.... but not usable from foreigner countries: invalid postcode!

Philippe

bd-b

I am a passionate supporter of preserving 20th century architectural and motoring heritage, often both. However the architecture of Earls Court is not of any great merit or iconic as the Wembley stadium towers were and the motoring "heritage" is only location nostalgia. My business regularly exhibted at Earls Court trade shows until 2010, until its inaccessability by road and antiquated infrastructure meant it was no longer worthwhile. The successful exhibitions have and will continue to establish themselves at other better designed and located venues in East London and I would argue that so many permenant residents in its place will more than make up any loss to the local economy. Lets focus on the heriatge that really should be saved and is being lost, only recently we lost Gateshead multi-storey of Get Carter fame. An irreplacable and shortsighted loss of our motoring, architectural and film heritage.

bd-b

. . . . the Goodwood Revival Earls Court is an appropriate monument to Motor Show Heritage, maybe the fascade can be dismantelled and rebuilt there for the future and once again play host to fine machinery.

Benzster

Assuming the costs are not too high and Goodwood Revival is interested, I support the idea expressed in the post above this one,

GAZ9185

Lots more houses, no work for residents. Usual greedy council looking for more council tax. Maybe unaffordable for the U.K. working man, so alternatively what better use than to house illegal immigrants who are on the 'soosh'.Just what this country needs at the moment. Many happy memories of early postwar motor cycle shows at Earls Court when Britain ruled the bike world.............do the vandals really have to wreck it/

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