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Saturday, 20 October 2012


Whoever advises Harrods is running rings around the Planning Department. 
Residents are asking why they have not received notification from the Council for the second application( the letter below refers) and why their  first (and numerous objections) could not be applied to the second application. Residents know Harrods is manipulating the system. They withdrew the first application but two weeks re-lodged it to ensure first objections would not be counted! Smart and devious stuff..... 
 Harrods dominates Knightsbridge. They have a duty to diminish the nuisance they cause residents. It is time the three councillors started to work for residents, rather than accepting hospitality from the store-as one did at the horrendous Lady Gaga launch.
The Cutting Edge programme due out soon on C.4 will prove a major embarrassment to Harrods, the Al Thani family and the Council
Farih Tabbah's letter to Mr Bore, Head of Planning neatly encapsulate the problems: it is well worth reading....

Dear Mr. Bore,

Ref. Harrods/planning application no. PP/12/03667

I wish to object to the above planning application for “temporary change of use of food retailers at second and fourth floor and Georgian restaurant at fourth floor level within Harrods from ancillary A1 use to A3 use during the hours 20.00 pm to 23.00 pm 30/10/12 until 30/1/2013”. 

The main issues are the loss of amenities to local residents:

1. If approval is given this will be a continuation of the agony that the residents are already suffering from LADUREE CAFE  which starts at 8 a.m.ends at 9 p.m.

2.  Large number of patrons will be entering and departing Harrods premises  from 8 p.m. o'clock until the end of the evening , and this is  outside Harrods permitted hours of business (Could we please remind the Council Harrods is a Department Store not an entertainment Center).
3. The areas identified on the plans for the later evening use are quite large and the capacity for these parts of the premises could  be substantial (my personal estimate of 3000 people)l. In the worst case scenario a large number of patrons will be  departing and entering the premises until late 23;00 hours in a residential area. Queues will be formed at entrances although the Council and Harrods don't tell us which entrance will be used (we think most assuredly HANS ROAD, THE RESIDENTIAL SIDE). PLEASE CLARIFY WHICH ENTRANCE THEY ARE ASKING FOR ????
- Harrods setting the precedent. The next application is either extension of the hours and / or a permanent whole year round permission (Typical Harrods ploy). 

 Rumors are already circulating amongst the Qatari and Middle Eastern community that Harrods is planning to open a NIGHT CLUB soon. Is the application the first step? 
The area will be clogged (as it is already is because of Laduree) by private very very fast cars, taxis, rickshaws, normal traffic, chauffeur driven cars, invasion of residents parking spaces, honking, street rage,  etc....  (The Council have not been able to solve the traffic issue in Hans Road, Basil Street for the last four years).
Drunkness, urinating in the street, garbage  and unsocial behaviour are a feature of the area. 
The residents have just recently experienced the most outrageous breach of peace by the Council approving the Gaga Perfume circus. PAMPERS were found in our gardens not to mention all kinds of garbage. The Council is already aware that the whole world has written about, televised and described the area around Harrods as being  a racing circuit by the Qatari Teenagers with the Council doing nothing and the police helpless. Any approval by the Council will be extension to all these activities till the  midnight hours.

- Drug dealers, prostitutes and Albanian/ Romanian beggars.

- The recently opened terrace with parasols adjacent to the Georgian Restaurant WILL BE USED for tens of smokers attending these venues. This will result in complete loss of privacy for Hans Road residents , not to mention the noise. The terrace is overlooking all Hans Road bedroom windows !!
- Harrods will not comply with any Council restrictions when they say 23.00 a.m. it is most likely the departure of the patrons will end at 2 a.m.
In brief Mr. Bore , if application is given this will be a catastrophe for the area. May we please ask you and your colleagues to stop ruining KNIGHTSBRIDGE.

Best Regards

Farih Tabbah
Walton Place


  1. Why is the Council blind to what is going on? Why are the three Ward Councillors (Marshall, Mosely and Barkhorder) doing nothing to articulate and support the views of residents who they are supposed to represent?

  2. If there is political will then there is a powerful armoury of control that can be deployed to reign back the scandal that has developed after years of just letting Harrods go wild. It has become a monster.

    Cllr Ahern promised to make Planning more resident friendly. Well what is he and the Ward Councillors doing? There are all those Town Hall Departments: Planning. Noise And nuisance. Health and Safety. Licensing. The politicians need to join them up and make an assault

  3. This is a big enough rip off of residents for Cllr Cockell to personally take a lead and put the Department Store back into a Department Store wrapper

  4. Thank goodness for Mr Farih Tabbah. One of those K&C residents who refuses to be warn out by inaction from the Town Hall. He will keep going, get up their noses, and get results. A rare bird. You know them when you see them.

  5. Farih is due for his baptism from the Town Hall. Very soon it will be whispered that he is a little "demented". He will then join the ranks of Dr Taylor, David White, The Dame herself, Dr James Thomson and other Association Chairmen who dare to stand up for residents.

    Representative democracy in K&C is in a sorry state.

    1. 'My questioners are demented' is the strap line of all dictatorships.

  6. The Dame is correct...the Cutting Edge programme will be hyper critical of Harrods;it's Qatari owners and the Council.

  7. These little and unsuccessful small time, small town politicians should be wary of taking on Tabbah. He is a highly skilled and tough international businessman who takes no warned Cockell: he will kick your fat and useless ass if you piss him off!

    1. This Tabbah person definitely sounds demented. No room for his sort of person in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

    2. Palmer,his sort are hugely successful international businessmen:unlike you who can't even get into your miserable little Cabinet and has to get others to pay his international phone call to are a loser mate. Tabbah is big time!

  8. Fifty five years ago my mother took me to Harrods to buy my first Prep School uniform. I remember the day well - we were served by a Mr Hiles in the school uniform section. When I visit Harrods today I shudder to see what the place has become. A travesty.

    1. Harrods is no longer a nice English Department Store. It is a loud and vulgar bazaar. The total absence of Planning controls and at least one Councillor willing to take his 12 pieces of silver,has resulted in an installation of villains and bandits. Right in the middle of London's Brompton Ward. A magnet for pimps, prostitutes and all manner of trash

  9. Oh the memories...Harrods was just like Fortnum and Mason...elegant, discreet and very British. Now it is just a playground for the rich and very vulgar.

  10. The complete utter SILENCE from local ward Councillors is deafening, I sincerely hope the residents will remember this at the next election, maybe Mr Tabbah and the other stalwart residents should stand as independents. This is another debacle to be added to the list of nightmares residents have had to put up with under Cockells greedy leadership. None of this behaviour or association with it would be tolerated in Qatar. Keep up the good work Mr Tabah.

  11. The WARD Councillors are out of their depth and one of them even accepts invitations to cavort at Harrods events. Cllr Marshall is old enough to know better than to accept hospitality from those on the make. Did his mum not warn him about talking to strangers and accepting free lunches?

  12. I could not agree more , with having read all the comments here!
    I think Harrods have become a disgrace to the Local Residents and the general public. It is becoming a trashy image for the world renowned store, that was once synonymous to it's up keeping image around the world and the Locals Living in London!
    It is obvious that the advisers that have been appointed to look after the affairs of the public and the business interests are hell bent on ruining The Royals and the Qataris good name. The Qatari ambassador is hell bent on creating a bad name for Qatar. He has no regard for public or private residents.
    I hope the local residents win the appeal to stop further degradation the business . I think it was a mistake to sell to Qatar, they have no sense of harmony and respect for the business and traditions that have been keeping Harrods going all these years!

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