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[Reposted from last month] The Guardian: "Earls Court: Boris Johnson's borough chums sell lump of London cheap"

"The 'community contribution' from Capital and Counties to its controversial, Boris Johnson-backed regeneration scheme puts the interests of the developer first"

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"Boris Johnson's close political allies at Hammersmith and Fulham Council (H&F) have hailed 'another major milestone' in their quest to hand control of 77 acres of prime London land to property developer Capital and Counties (Capco) and allow it to destroy the famous Earls Court exhibition centre and the homes of 2000 people in the name of improving their lives.

"... Consider the 1500 'affordable' homes the agreement asks Capco to build along with the other 6,000. Of these, 760 would simply be replacements for those of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates, recently brought up to Decent Homes standard, that H&F has been so eager to have cleared out of the way. The outcome of the council's consultation of residents produced a very large 'no thanks' to demolition, but Town Hall Big Brother knows best. Will this part of the deal be a good one for those unhappy people?

"... A further £38.2m is earmarked for improving the area's Underground stations. ... Green Party AM Darren Johnson has shown that Earls Court Project would increase the number of car parking spaces in the redevelopment area by nearly 2,000."

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