West Kensington & Gibbs Green: tour of community and our estates
22 April 2016: West Kensington resident Harold Greatwood searches in vain for Capco so he can share with them the wisdom of the community
22 April 2016: Residents attend Capco’s cancelled breakfast seminar that was supposed to “listen to the wisdom of the community”
20 February 2016: Protest against Capco’s intended demolition of Victorian buildings in Empress Place and the Perince of Wales and Imperial Arms pubs in Lillie Road
20 February 2016: West Kensington residents Keith Drew and Rita Vlahopoulou in period costume protesting against Capco’s threatened destruction of our Victorian heritage in Lillie Road and Empress Place
15 December 2015: Residents provide feedback on People’s Plan proposals prepared in consultation with them by Architects for Social Housing
12 November 2015: Residents consider what improvements can be made to their estates as part of the People’s Plan
12 November 2015: Top right architect Geraldine Dening taking residents views on what improvements can be made to the estates as part of the People’s Plan
23 October 2015: Residents outside the Department of Communities and Local Government with their submission to the Secretary of State supporting their Right to Transfer proposal
23 October 2015: Residents hand in their submission supporting their Right to Transfer proposal to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
22 September 2015: 55 residents attend the Annual General Meeting of West Ken Gibbs Green Community Homes
2 September 2015: Green Party leaders Natalie Bennett and Baroness Jenny Jones (left and centre) announce their London Mayoral candidate Sian Berry (right) at the West Kensington Tenants Hall
11 August 2015: West Ken Gibbs Green Board Members Jill and Nicole at Hammersmith Town Hall to hand in Right to Transfer Proposal Notice
11 August 2015: Residents go to Hammersmith Town Hall to hand in their Right to Transfer Proposal Notice to the Council
11 August 2015: Residents hand in their Right to Transfer Proposal Notice to Hammersmith & Fulham Council
24 June 2015: West Ken Gibbs Green Community Homes Board Members (left to right) Rita Vlahopoulou, Kevin Veness and Linda Sanders calling for an independant health assessment of the demolition of Earl’s Court
24 June 2015: Residents concerned about asbestos pollution from the demolition of Earl’s Court accompany their petition and attend a debate at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall
20 June 2015: Anti austerity march is reminded of the cause to save Earl’s Court exhibition centres and the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates. Developer Capco stands to make £3 billion from the scheme
24 March 2015: Protest against the launch of City Villages report which uncritically promoted the Earl’s Court scheme, was riddled with errors and advocated the demolition of London’s council estates.
17 March 2015: WKGGCH Members vote 100 to 1 in favour of serving Right to Transfer proposal Notice on Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
17 March 2015: WKGGCH Company Secretary, Linda Sanders addresses residents
17 March 2015: Councillor Ben Coleman addresses residents
17 March 2015: 150 people of whom 131 were residents attend largest ever meeting
17 March 2015: Ward Councillor Larry Culhane addresses reports on discussions between Council and developer
17 March 2015: WKGGCH Board Member, Linda Sanders bans options for estates’ future that would set resident against resident.
17 March 2015: Residents vote overwhelming for community transfer
17 March 2015: Residents vote for community transfer
17 March 2015: Local MP Andy Slaughter congratulates residents on their campaign
17 March 2015:Posters advertising WKGGCH General Meeting
1 February 2015: Amanda Sexton makes a dust drawing on the West Kensington Estate
7 February 2015: Residents serve notice on Capco at their luxury flat sales cents in Lillie Road
7 February 2015: Residents and Earl’s Court Area Action Group stage ‘die-in’ in Empress Place
7 February 2015: Hall of shame exposes those responsible for greed and destruction
7 February 2015: Protest against the sale and demolition of the Lillie Bridge Rail depot, the maintenance facility for London’s Underground network
23 September 2014: Residents elect Board Members at the WKGGCH AGM
23 September 2014: WKGGCH AGM in the Gibbs Green Hall.
23 September 2014: WKGGCH AGM congratulates Charlie Treloggan (left) on his 90th birthday.
22 July 2014: Left to right, WKGGCH Board Members Diana Belshaw, Charlie Treloggan and Linda Sanders.
22 July 2014: WKGGCH Board considers whether to serve a Right to Transfer Proposal Notice.
1 July 2014: 120 residents attend the General Meeting of West Ken Gibbs Green Community Homes to decide whether to serve a Right to Transfer proposal notice. 79 members voted in favour: noe voted against.
1 July 2014: Residents vote in favour of WKGGCH serving a Right to Transfer prtoposal notice on Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
1 Jluy 2014: residents applaud the unanimous vote to serve a Right to Transfer proposal notice on the Council.
30 May 2014: Residents Sally Taylor, Charlie Treloggan and Harold Greatwood are interviewed by ITN about how they feel following the shock downfall of the Conservative administration.27 May 2014:West Ken Gibbs Green Board Members meet to discuss the implications of Labour winning control of the Council.
24 July 2013: 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.
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
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
Residents outside CapCo’s headquarters in Mayfair 10 April 2013
Residents unfurl their petition outside Capco’s Headquarters in Grosvenor Street Mayfair 10 April 2013
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.
Residents visit DP9, Capco’s planning consultants, in Pall Mall 10 April 2013
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
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.
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.
Gibbs Green estate
Garsdale Terrace – more ‘lifetime homes’ with gardens and parking just 10 years old.
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.
West Kensington Estate
Lerry Close, West Kensington estate: Lifetime homes recently built.
Franklin Square, West Kensington Estate.
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.
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!”
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?!)
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.