The St Helens Residents Association has an active sub-group of local residents who have been working on the campaign for 18 months. We have some of the skills and expertise that we need, but by no means all.
The Association has very modest funds, raised from donations from its members (there is no subscription to join the Assocation).
Imperial College is advised by a team of planning, financial, architectural and PR consultants that includes firms of global size and reputation. This campaign has been something of a David and Goliath encounter.
If you feel you have time or expertise to contribute, please email firstname.lastname@example.org We would particularly welcome further legal and media expertise.
Kensington and Chelsea ward Councillors for Notting Barns (Cllrs Judith Blakeman, Todd Foreman, and Robert Atkinson) have already been very supportive of the campaign. The Royal Borough previously sent formal objections to the height of the 10 storey blocks, now under construction at Woodlands. Kensington and Chelsea also made formal objections to the Phase 2 proposals. Our problems do not lie with our own council in Kensington & Chelsea, but with its neighbour.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP attended the Association’s AGM in November 2011 and subsequently wrote to Dame Eliza Manningham Buller (Chairman of the Imperial College Council) to pass on our views. Andy Slaughter (MP for Hammersmith) has campaigned vigorously against the Imperial West proposals and other excessively commercial developments in Hammersmith & Fulham.
Futher emails to Sir Malcom Rifkind MP (Kensington) will help put pressure on Boris Johnson, Mayor of London. Sir Malcolm can be contacted at email@example.com
Please also sign our i-petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/overdevelopment-at-white-city/ This calls on the Mayor for London and the Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham to call a halt to over-development of the White City area.