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Gb: billionaire closes South Kensington for jobs, controversy

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(ANSA) – ROME, AUG 27 – Richard Caring, the billionaire owner of the celebrity restaurant The Ivy and the private club Annabel’s, has obtained permission to close a main street in South Kensington, in central London, to plant dozens of trees in the grounds of his £ 40 million (about € 47 million) villa, arousing the indignation of neighbors. The Guardian online writes it.

Caring, who has amassed a personal fortune estimated at over £ 1 billion from his empire of clubs and restaurants, has obtained permission from the city council to close a portion of Onslow Square for two weeks in order to install a crane to transport the trees. “It is absolutely wrong that a single man, with a huge fortune, is capable of disrupting the lives of thousands of people,” complained David Erb, who lives on a property overlooking the Caring mansion.

Onslow Square is a major transit thoroughfare for buses and ambulances transporting patients to Royal Marsden, Chelsea and Westminster hospitals. The city council said it asked Caring to delay closing the road until August to minimize disruption to neighbors and emergency services. “Anyone can request a road closure from us, from residents who want to lift heavy objects in their homes to utility companies that do repairs and upgrades,” a spokesperson said.

“While we cannot refuse these requests, we understand that closures can be inconvenient and we do our best to minimize inconvenience,” he added.


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