Cllr Harry Phibbs writes:
On Monday evening the Hammersmith and Fulham Council's Cabinet approved the next step for thousands of new homes and jobs, with the redevelopment of the West Kensington and Gibbs Green estates. The proposals have prompted an unprecedented campaign of lies and bullying from the Labour Party and the far left. Especially creepy was the way children as young as four were approached and exploited. Also residents unable to speak English had their names put on forms which had already been filled in. 42 objections to the scheme came from children under 11.
Residents were told by objectors that they would not be offered replacement housing - or that if they were, it would be in Barking and Dagenham. Leftwing activists from Paddington and students from LSE were bused in to spread a message of scaremongering. A "drop in" session to answer questions for local residents about what was on offer was disrupted by protestors from outside the area.
Yet the more residents find out about the opportunities the more they support them. That was shown by majority support for the scheme among those who gave their individual responses in a recent consultation - rather than being "persuaded" to put their name to a standardised response giving someone else's view. Some residents who intially allowed their names to go on the pro forma rejection, then gave another response backing the plan.