Some news just in on the Earl's Court development. We pass on the residents' statement unedited.
On 28 January 2013, Harold Greatwood, the Claimant in the judicial review challenge of Hammersmith and Fulham's decision to sell off the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates for demolition, requested that the Court reconsider his request for permission at an oral hearing.
Harold Greatwood, who lives on the West Kensington Estate, said:
"Having had regard for the Judge's reasons for refusing permission, I feel obliged to renew my application for permission because there is real and significant evidence that the decisions to sign the CLSA were unlawful. The consultation process was flawed and Defendant has not addressed the full facts. The involvement of the Metropolitan Police and the serious complaint that was referred to the IPCC by the Greater London Authority suggest that political impropriety is a substantial and material issue, which, if true taints all the bases for the decisions."
Community Organiser, Jonathan Rosenberg, said:"The more the Council and developer prosecute their scheme, the more they harden residents' resolve to defend their community and save their neighbourhood."
Keith Drew, Chair of West Ken & Gibbs Green Community Homes and fellow resident on the West Kensington estate, added:
"Harold Greatwood's heroic action held back the signing of the sell-off agreement (an 800 page document) with the developer for five weeks. We are so proud of what he has achieved on behalf of his 2,000 neighbours. He is undaunted, and so are we. We wish him God speed and we pray that the Court should hear our case and deliver us from this unlawful oppression."