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Videos relating to West Ken and Gibbs Green:

8 December 2009: Residents serve S34A Notice on H&F Cabinet.

29 February 2012: H&F Council Drop in session 

Security guards block residents from speaking to council officers. The Council invited residents to attend the drop-in session in order to discuss their concerns regarding the demolition of their homes as part of the Earl’s Court redevelopment project. Due to “security concerns” regarding the number of attendees, the meeting was prematurely called to an end by the council, after H&F refused to speak to the majority of residents.

9-year-old Ana Maria from the Gibbs Green estate made it inside to present the Council with a letter she wrote asking them not to demolish her home. Because they are private tenants, her family (including her new born baby brother) would be made homeless by the demolition scheme.

12 March 2012: Delivery of residents’ response to consultation Part 1: Last minute preparation

Walking to Hammersmith Town Hall and preparing to hand over resident responses to the consultation.

12 March 2012: Delivery of residents’ response to consultation Part 2: The presentation 

West Ken and Gibbs Green residents greet Melbourne Barrett, Executive Director of Housing and Regeneration at Hammersmith & Fulham at the Hammersmith Town Hall. Seen here are Barrett, holding the WKGGCH response posing alongside Shirley Wiggins, Chair of West Ken & Gibbs Green Community Homes (holding over 650 resident responses demanding the council not demolish their homes) and WKGGCH resident Board member Rita Vlahopoulou.

West Kensington & Gibbs Green: tour of community and our estates.

20 August 2012: Andy Slaughter MP addresses residents at Movie Night before the screening of Ladies Who Do (1963), a classic British comedy in which a little community blocks the bulldozers, defeats a greedy developer, and takes ownership of its neighbourhood.
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Andy Slaughter MP hands in letters from him and the three West Ken & Gibbs Green residents associations to an official from the Department of Communities & Local Government asking the Secretary of State, Eric Pickles MP, to call in the Earl’s Court scheme for a public inquiry. 24 July 2013.

Left to Right, Andy Slaughter MP, Keith Drew, Chair of West Ken & Gibbs Green Community Homes, Daryl Brown, Councillor for North End Ward, DCLG official.
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The Big Society: DCLG official explains to Andy Slaughter MP how the fate of Earl’s Court will be decided by the central state.
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25 June 2013, residents with their MP and London Assembly Members ask Boris to reject the Earl’s Court demolition scheme


Earl’s Court campaigners chase Boris back into City Hall


Residents present petition to Government 10 April

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BBC interviews resident Stella Boyce outside Department for Communities and Local Government 10 April 2013


Resident Harold Greatwood displays the 50 foot scroll of the petition with 996 signatures to the BBC

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Residents outside CapCo’s headquarters in Mayfair 10 April 2013

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Residents unfurl their petition outside Capco’s Headquarters in Grosvenor Street Mayfair 10 April 2013

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Andy Slaughter MP and Keith Drew, Chair of West Ken Gibbs Green Community Homes, emerge from CapCo’s offices in Mayfair after Director Gary Yardley refused to come down.

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Residents visit DP9, Capco’s planning consultants, in Pall Mall 10 April 2013

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Andy Slaughter MP (left) texts Chris Rumfitt of Edelman, whose PR company Edelman had locked residents and workers out of the building, to come on down and receive residents’ letter and petition

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30 October 2012 AGM – Photos courtesy of Hilary Barnes

23 July 2012 Banner making session

Residents put on the boxing gloves at their Summer Festival 2011.

26 June 2012: Residents in Dieppe Close, Gibbs Green estate (back, centre-right, Solicitor Michael Webster)

West Kensington resident, Rita Vlahopoulou, ready to share residents’ views with shareholders at CapCo’s AGM on 20 April 2012

Aisgill Avenue, part of the West Kensington estate.

Gibbs Green and Dieppe Close (houses)

Dieppe Close – ‘lifetime homes’ with gardens and off-street parking, just 10 years old.

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Garsdale Terrace – more ‘lifetime homes’ with gardens and parking just 10 years old.

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West Kensington estate with Empress State building in the background.

West Kensington estates with Earl’s Court Exhibition Centres in the background:

Faiburn and Churchward Houses on the West Kensington Estate

The construction of Gibbs Green 1959-1961

Gibbs Green today

The Empress State Building dominates the southern end of the West Kensington Estate (Aisgill Avenue seen here). It is occupied entirely by the Metropolitan Police. It was completed in 1961. A few years ago it was refurbished with the addition of a couple more storeys.

Cottages in Marchbank Road

Ground behind Sharnbrook House.

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Lerry Close, West Kensington estate: Lifetime homes recently built.

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Franklin Square, West Kensington Estate.

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The Empress State building occupies the site where epic sea battles were re-enacted in an enormous water tank before the days of visual and audio media.

Earl’s Court 2 behind the West Kensington Estate.

WKGGCH resident Board member Rita Vlahopoulou greets Boris Johnson in October 2011, outside Olympia. For more on this story check out our December 2011 newsletter here.

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29 September 2009: Labour Party Conference in Brighton. Left to right: Simon Harris, ITN News, Richard Osband, Secretary of West Kensington TRA and Charlie Treloggan, Vice Chair of West Kensington TRA

June 2011: Residents queue to join the Summer Festival.

Somali residents brewing coffee at the WKGG Community Summer Festival

June 2011: Left to right; Charlie Treloggan (West Kensington Estate), Diana Belshaw (Gibbs Geen Estate) and Andy Slaughter MP prepare to cut the cake at the Community Summer Festival.

June 2011: That cake at the Summer Festival. “Hell No. We won’t Go!”

June 2011: Residents rock to the community vibe.

2011: Summer Festival. In the background is our exhibition of the history of our estates. Perhaps this should be displayed in the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. (Who wants to help sharpen up our display?!)

29 February 2012: Council guards stop residents attending drop-in session

February 2012: West Kensington estate. Everyone’s serving notices!

West Ken & Gibbs Green Community Summer festival 2011

Banner making July 23 2012

Channel 4′s George Clark taking a tour of the estates with Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter

Some drawings from our residents:

Here’s one from a 6 year old girl – council tenant:

Here’s a picture from an 8 year old girl:

Here are 3 cartoons drawn by a 15 year old boy.



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