Unite members have joined residents’ groups urging Transport for London (TfL) to reconsider joining a controversial development scheme for London’s Earls Court.
The £8 billion redevelopment, which is backed by local Tory councils and mayor Boris Johnson, would involve bulldozing hundreds of existing homes and the Earl’s Court exhibition centre to build thousands of luxury flats.
“We say TfL should not go ahead while elected representatives are still debating the plan,” said Unite regional officer Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe. TFL has signed up for a 37 per cent stake, making it the junior partner to developers, Capital and Counties Properties plc.
“This is a short-sighted, sweetheart deal so TfL can share in the profits to be made by destroying a community and replacing it with a ghost town owned by international investors. TfL has rushed into a deal which has not been subject to proper public scrutiny,” said Jarrett-Thorpe.
The deal is due to be discussed at the Greater London Authority on 12 March. Hammersmith MP, Andy Slaughter called for a full parliamentary debate on the Earls Court plans in an adjournment debate on 21 January.
The scheme is centred on 7,500 new homes, including only 750 “affordable” homes and a similar number of flats to re-house existing social housing tenants. Critics say it is aimed at investors, not at building a community, and will cause 20 years of blight, noise and disturbance for locals.
For more information, contact Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe