MORE THAN 11,750 SIGN CRYSTAL PALACE SPORTS CENTRE PETITION – Focus group meeting on athletics tonight (Monday)

More than 11,750 people have signed a petition on the website on saving athletics and sports at Crystal Palace.

The petition says:  Current plans threaten to bulldoze the iconic athletics stadium and indoor training track, and significantly reduce other indoor and outdoor sporting facilities in the National Sports Centre. The impact of this on track and field in London, let alone other sports could be disastrous. What IS the Olympic Legacy for South London?! The Crystal Palace Sports Partnership (CPSP) is a group of stakeholders who are combining to form one unified voice representing all interests in the future of this historic site. Our mission is simple:

We support a mixed-use sports and leisure centre at Crystal Palace – a sustainable facility that is shared by the local community, schools, clubs and aspiring athletes at all levels. It should be a resource that caters for the needs of recreational users as much as it provides for and supports the development of the next generation of Olympic athletes.

We are concerned that the consultation by the GLA for repurposing the current National Sports Centre is way too short and has failed to identify and consider the needs and views of existing users.

We request that user groups and local stakeholders are more thoroughly engaged in shaping the outcome of this process.

For further information please contact The CPSP Chairman, John Powell MBE, via email:

Web: Twitter: @cpsp2020


THE FIRST of a series of focus groups is being held in the Lodge close to the National Sports Centre in Crystal Palace tonight (Monday) at 7pm.

Tonight’s focus is on athletics. Later meetings will focus on aquatics, outdoor sports and indoor sports.

Questionnaires for people using the sports centre were being handed out in the main reception area of the sports centre this afternoon.

The Mayor of London’s website says: “The first phase of the review is looking at local and area-wide sports facilities. “This will build a picture of the type of facilities that the NSC needs to support a thriving, local sporting community. “Findings will help shape a strategy for the regeneration of the Sports Centre.

“The second phase, starting in spring 2018, will look at design and development options for the entire NSC estate.

“The Mayor’s review of the centre will see consultation with a range of sporting groups and users.

“The public will be consulted on more detailed options in summer and autumn 2018.

The Mayor wants to ensure that the centre has a long-term future, so is launching a review to look at design and development options.

“We will be holding focus groups for regular NSC users such as clubs and groups. If you wish to attend please click on the relevant group and register your details:

Focus groups:

29th January, 7pm – 9pm Athletics
12th February, 7pm – 9pm Aquatics
12th February, 7pm – 9pm Outdoor sports
13th February, 7pm – 9pm Indoor sports

Numbers are limited so we would encourage clubs or groups to send only one representative. If you wish to attend, but cannot make it, please contact us and we will get in touch to make alternative arrangements.

We will also be holding drop in sessions in the sports centre which you don’t need to register for: 29th January and 13th February – 10am – 8pm

There will also be an opportunity to express your views through an online survey from mid-February, or as part of our wider community engagement in summer and autumn 2018.

Current investment

The Mayor, with support from Historic England and Bromley Council, is funding several improvements to the park in a £2.4m scheme.

These include: community project grants; new café set to open in the autumn; restoring several of the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs and the Crystal Palace Sphinxes and South Terrace steps; creating a skatepark, seeing skateboarding return to one of its historic homes

These works fit in with the wider Crystal Palace park regeneration plan, led by Bromley. This plan follows the spirit of the adopted masterplan for the park. The aim is to create an integrated strategy that will ensure the long-term future of one of London’s great parks.

If you wish to attend please go to the Mayor of London’s website – Regeneration Project: Crystal Palace National Sports Centre to click on the relevant group and register your details.

To keep up to date with the project please contact: (Source: Mayor of London)


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