Sunday, February 13, 2005

Save China Town

Went with the famille to Soho's Chinatown, to join in with the new year celebrations. K took a little friend with her. It was bitterly cold, with a biting wind. Masses of people, all wrapped against the elements, were there. Many Chinese, with cameras, kids and waving little Chinese things, dragons, roosters, etc.
We saw the dancers, in Lion and dragon costumes, working their way round Soho, dancing at the doors, and inside, all the businesses in the area. The lions are offered cabbages, which they rip apart and fling in the air.
But the bad news is that Chinatown is under threat. Its a bit from Newport Place to Newport Court, onto parts of Charing Cross Road, known as Sandringham Building. The freehold is owned by Westminster Council. It's full of Chinese businesses - newsagents, jewellery shop, grocery shops, and a fishmonger.
But a property developer called Rosewheel have bought the 200 years lease of Sandringham Building and have served notices to quit to the tenants so a Trocadero style shopping mall can be built there. And then the high street brand names, Tesco, Next etc, will be moving in.
Hence, the Save Chinatown Campaign.
Contact Jabez Lam, 07940 514 268
Save Chinatown Campaign, 14 Featherstone Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB2 5AA.
Go to the above link and sign the petition.

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