Earls Court tenants deliver petition to CLG
Tenants delivered a petition to the Communities and Local Government department yesterday calling for Eric Pickles to block the sale of land to prevent their homes from demolition.
Around 30 tenants from the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates visited Eland House, the CLG’s London headquarters.
They delivered a submission calling for Mr Pickles to block the sale of the estates from Hammersmith & Fulham Council to developer Capital & Counties.
They also delivered a 50 feet-long petition signed by nearly 1,000 tenants, of which 818 are residents of the estates.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council plans to knock down and rebuild the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates as part of an £8 billion regeneration of Earls Court. The transfer of the land to Capital & Counties requires the consent of Mr Pickles.
The plan is controversial as the tenants’ and residents’ organisations on the estates hope to use proposed new ‘right to transfer regulations’ to take ownership of the homes themselves.
The campaigners’ letter to Mr Pickles said: ‘We want community ownership so we can determine how best to improve our estates and be empowered to take greater care of our neighbourhood. Forcible removal would dislocate the community and harm hundreds of vulnerable neighbours.’
Jonathan Rosenberg, a campaigner backing the tenants, said: ‘We set out to voice the concerns and anxieties of people to the decision makers and people making the money.’
The protestors also visited the offices of Capco, Transport for London, which is also a landowner in the wider regeneration scheme, and Capco’s public relations company Adelman.