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Friday, 13 July 2012

THE HELLISH 'HARRODS EFFECT'

A WALTON PLACE RESIDENT WRITES.....

Those living in Knightsbridge talks of the 'Harrods Effect'.

The 'Effect' manifests itself in various anti social ways....from £1million super cars, driven at vast and reckless speed around roads surrounding Harrods-to rickshaws clogging the streets and prostitutes, drug dealers and beggars plying their trades.

The elegant character of this once beautiful area is more like one of the most squalid sections of Edgware Road: it has become a magnet for unsavoury types with the police powerless to do anything. 
Vast Gulf plated limos park where they will, causing utter congestion: horns from angry drivers cut through the air and the Harrods concierges' could not care less!
The tourist detritus 'of fast food leftovers' is plain to see everywhere.
Rats and foxes have the run of the area.....
To make matters worse Harrods is now seeking greater flexibility to serve alcohol late at night.
We await news of their plans to convert the top two floors into a hotel!

Those thinking a change of owner-from  Fayed to the Qatari Royal Family-would herald a more resident friendly regime have been badly let down. 
There is more late night drinking going on under the 'very religious' Al Thani family than ever there was under Fayed!

Many of us felt that the 'world's best known store' would get it's act together in the face of rising resident resentment-it seems not.

In the next couple of months a Channel 4 'Cutting Edge' documentary will chronicle the sad decline the area. 
Thanks to Harrods Hogarthian scenes have been created in what was once one of London's most beautiful residential areas. 

It seems the Al Thani family care nothing for us....we are just a slaves to their relentless greed.

73 comments:

  1. An excellent summary. RBKC are in the pocket of Harrods.

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  2. Television is an essential step to wake up the useless Councillors in the K&C Town Hall. It is a scandal that this once great part of London has been allowed by the Planning Authorities and Ward Councillors to descend into the pit that it has become.

    Cockell and his cronies have allowed black holes to develop in the Borough on their watch. N Kensington and "Harrods" are examples. Too busy chasing peerages with grandiose schemes like Exhibition Road and Holland Park School and not minding the shop.

    I hope the Dame makes sure that the programme makers at Channel 4 have a laser like focus on the Town Hall

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  3. I swooped over the Harrods area last night at about 9.00pm and was quite shocked. No longer the tranquil backwater of my prep school days. Nannies and prams have been replaced by Bugatti's, Ferrari's, Lamborghini's and Maseratis all racing around with mindless looking drivers in designer clothes. Revving up to draw attention to themselves. And the pimps and tarts plying their trade.

    How can people bear to live there?

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  4. The new Brompton Councillor, Cllr Abbas, promised in his election literature to clear out the Harrods low life on the streets.

    His residents are watching....

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  5. It is absolutely appalling that the Council should allow a once Grand Area of London to degenerate into the mess that "Harrods" has become.

    Imagine something like this happening in Paris or Munich! Impossible

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  6. Stand Up For Britain14 July 2012 at 10:01

    In this PC world very few of us see things as they really are. Even Edgware Road and "Horrid" are too difficult to talk about

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