LFW Venue in Doubt As Residents Complain
24 Sep 2003
London Fashion Week may have to move house again next season from the King's Road Duke of York's Headquarters after residents complained to the local authority that the event had disrupted the area.
Residents nearby are understood to have submitted a long list of complaints to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. These are thought to include the noise levels involved during the set up of the British Fashion Council's tents and during evening events, problems with parking around the area throughout the week and various issues surrounding the obstruction of residents' views.
The BFC and Cadogan Estates, developer of the Duke of York Square shopping area adjacent to the LFW venue, have submitted an application to renew the council's consent to hold LFW.
A spokeswoman for the BFC said: "We are waiting to see what restrictions and stipulations the residents can impose before we see if the Duke of York Square is still a viable option for LRW. We are trying to grow LFW and this is not helping."
A final decision about where next February's LFW will be held will not be made until Christmas.