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03 July 2013
London's Mayor Boris Johnson is expected to make a decision today on the future of the Earls Court site.
Controversial plans are afoot to demolish the iconic Earls Court exhibition centres and build new luxury houses and apartment blocks.
The Association of Event Organisers (AEO) has been lobbying to call a halt to the plans, arguing that the UK events industry needs the Earls Court complex.
"We want more space in London, not less,” the AEO's chief executive Karim Halwagi has warned. “We can’t simply move the shows from Earls Court to Olympia or Excel. Olympia doesn’t have the capacity and there are simply not enough days in the calendar.
“And it’s not right for people to say Earls Court only operates at 30% capacity – all venues do.”
Labour London Assembly planning spokeswoman Nicky Gavron is in agreement with the AEO, maintaining that losing Earls Court would be a huge setback for London and the UK economy.