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BPSCG presents "Big Cheque" to Parkview International

Cheque for £1,125.00 delivered to Parkview following loss of court case

Brian and Keith with the Big Cheque outside Battersea Power Station

Brian and Keith with the Big Cheque (Photo: Aileen Barnes)

Brian delivers the cheque to a retiring security guard

Brian delivers the cheque to a retiring security guard





BPSCG's company, the Battersea Power Station Company Ltd, recently failed in a court case to prevent Parkview International from trademarking the name "Battersea Power Station". Costs of £1,125.00 were awarded against the company.

Ian Rumgay of Parkview was reported in the Wandsworth Borough News, saying that Parkview might not demand costs. However Parkview's line has hardened in recent days, with Parkview's solicitors threatening to close the company down if Parkview did not receive its money by 23rd April.

Therefore Battersea Power Station Company Ltd directors Brian Barnes and Keith Garner today visited Parkview International's offices at Battersea Power Station to present Parkview with a "Big Cheque", approximate size 4ft x 2ft.

We had hoped that Mr Ian Rumgay of Parkview would be able to accept our cheque today, but he was unavailable. Parkview director Victor Hwang, who was apparently on site, was also unavailable. Project manager Steve Kennard was in a meeting. The cheque (with conventionally sized equivalent) was finally accepted by a member of Parkview's security staff.

We had been hoping to discuss Parkview International's financial and business dealings with Mr Rumgay. For instance, where the money for the forthcoming £ billion development will come from, when Parkview International London only has a turnover of £2.5 million and pays no corporation tax. (Source: Parkview International London Annual report for year ending 31st March 2003.)

We were also interested to know why ownership of Battersea Power Station has been moved offshore to the British Virgin Islands.

The Battersea Power Station Company is a not for profit company, limited by guarantee. The objects of the company are to preserve Battersea Power Station and generally to try to improve the quality of life for people living in the vicinity of Battersea Power Station, which is one of the poorest parts of London.

£1,125.00 is the cost of one Herman Miller "Aeron" chair to be seen in Parkview's conference room. Despite the conspicuous consumption to be seen in Parkview's offices however, Battersea Power Station itself continues to deteriorate, with further evidence of Parkview's neglect of the listed building in recent weeks.

Click here (pdf file) to read the Trade Marks Tribunal's ruling on the recent case, in which we attempted to prevent Parkview trademarking the name "Battersea Power Station", incurring costs of £1,125.00.


Posted on 23rd April 2004

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