Earl’s Court Area Action Group makes green venue progress
With rumours of a revised Earl's Court Masterplan being submitted in Spring 2019 by developer Capital and Counties Properties Plc (Capco), with no community input, on 28 August deputy leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Kim Taylor-Smith, met with representatives from the Earl’s Court Area Action Group (ECAAG), Save Earl’s Court Campaigners and Save Earl’s Court Supporters Club to discuss their plans for the “world's greenest venue” and a range of green housing options on the site of the former Earl's Court Exhibition Centre.
It is the first time a senior Tory councillor has met with the group in five years of campaigning.
In a show of support for the project, Chris Skeith, CEO of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) sent a message expressing his members’ interest in exploring the opportunities that a new venue would offer.
A spokesperson for the ECAGG told CN: “This is a significant moment as it was the first time a senior Tory member of the local authority came to Earl's Court to meet the campaigners. We’ve been campaigning for five years; first to stop the demolition of Earl's Court Exhibition Centre and now we are campaigning to have the world’s greenest venue built on the site as well as a range of green housing options. The times are changing on the Earl's Court master plan and this is an example of that. It was a positive meeting and we were most grateful that Chris Skeith of the AEO sent a message of support to the meeting; its shows how things are changing that someone like Chris is keeping an eye on developments.”
Artist Duggie Fields and Andy Littlechild member of the RMT Union’s National Executive Committee also attended.
Cllr Kim Taylor-Smith voiced his concerns that it was a real possibility that the Earl's Court site could lie fallow for a number of years like Battersea Power Station.
After listening to some of the imaginative and socially inclusive ideas put forward by the group he said that ‘meanwhile’ uses for the site should be explored.