|Another day, another Portobello Road antiques gallery is grabbed by developers|
The ongoing onslaught of the market and adjacent areas by developers seems to be rampant and relentless: Chelsea Galleries dealers given notice to leave the site vacant by end of October.
The news is out: “Chelsea Galleries has been sold to the developers!!! Very sad news for the Antiques Market! Antique Dealers have been given notice to quit the property by the end of Oct so that VACANT possession is given to the Developers. Chelsea Galleries is not being sold as a going concern but rather an empty property for the developers to do as please. Antiques Dealers must UNITE and stand together to SAVE the Portobello Antiques Market!” (Save the Portobello Road Market).
Investors haven't got the slightest interest in the area other then making a quick buck and the council should do more to protect it from having its identity raped and destroyed. The constant threat that the market is under, is a real danger for its future prospects and should have motivated the local authority to step up its efforts to protect it. This doesn't seem to be the case.
Further losses are against everyone's wishes and will reflect very badly on a council that seems uninterested with its fate and unconcerned with what is one London major assets.