The latest Chelsea Society newsletter tells us plans for knocking down Sutton Estate are jolly good and pats Affinity Sutton's £300,000 a year Chief Executive on the back for his development proposal.
If AF get away with it hundreds of millions in profits will flow to its coffers.
Is CEO Exford's remuneration package related to those profits?
The Dame knows not; it would be surprising if there wasn't a correlation.
What is astonishing is that the Society accepts Affinity Sutton's view, despite the protests from residents and lovers of this exceptional piece of philanphropic endevour.
It seems that the Chelsea Society have made up their mind to take the side of the property developing spivs at Affinity Sutton.
When Ian Henderson asked if the Society would give a bit of oxygen to the protesting residents he was rebuffed.
Before Christmas Henderson asked for meeting with the chairman of the Society no reply has been forthcoming.....says it all really.
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Below, puff for Affinity Sutton in Chelsea Society newsletter.
"Some Sutton residents, led by Ian Henderson (who stood unsuccessfully for election to the Borough Council earlier this year), believe that demolition is unnecessary and accuse Affinity Sutton and the Council of colluding to frustrate the reasonable demands of residents. Affinity say that the old buildings are very hard to reuse, that far better ‘affordable’ flats could be provided in a new estate and that, thanks to Chelsea’s high land values, this can be delivered by devoting part of the site to flats for sale. The Society reckons that, on balance, Affinity’s plan to give the state a good long term future is hard to oppose – particularly as all remaining tenants will, with just one move, be offered flats in the new buildings. Furthermore, the retention of the existing flats above the shops in and adjacent to Chelsea Green, will be a visual reminder of Henry Sutton’s philanthropy."