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#31 Simmondsan



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Posted 24 February 2004 - 04:08 PM

CPFC could build a training complex there?? They currently train in Beckenham I think, this must be a better solution for them and if built in conjunction with whatever other development happens could work out financially beneficial for both parties.

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Posted 25 February 2004 - 08:26 PM


Press Release

Grand Prix saved for London as Crystal Palace sports centre stays open
24-2-2004   066

The 2004 Grand Prix athletics will stay at Crystal Palace it was confirmed today, as details of a deal which will enable the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace to stay open pending a major overhaul were announced by the Minister for Sport, the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency, the London Borough of Bromley, and Sport England.

Under the terms of the agreement, which was facilitated by the Mayor and Richard Caborn, Sport England will take a further two year lease of the Crystal Palace Sports Centre, so that the centre can remain open whilst the London Development Agency draw up detailed plans for a redeveloped or replacement sports centre. This will allow work to start on re-surfacing the track at Crystal Palace stadium to bring the facility up to the necessary standards for hosting the Grand Prix in the summer. The LDA will take over the lease of the National Sports centre in two years’ time and has also taken an option to take over the running of the Park within five years.
The LDA will immediately start working with local groups and stakeholders to produce plans for an enhanced sports centre and Park. 

Richard Caborn, Minister for Sport said;

“Crystal Palace is an important part of our sporting heritage. I am glad that this government - in partnership with the GLA, the LDA, Bromley Council and Sport England - has managed to find a solution for its future. This means that Crystal Palace will continue to provide its facilities not just for the excellent Grand Prix event, but on a daily basis to both the London community and our top level athletes."

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London said;

“This is great news for sport in London, and great news for the area.  We now have an opportunity to turn the run-down and under-used stadium, sports centre and park into a new heart for South London. 
“The deal also means that the Grand Prix athletics event will now go ahead at Crystal Palace this summer, which is good news for London’s Olympic bid.  I am pleased to announce today that we will once again support the UK’s premier athletics event, which with its famously electric atmosphere makes an excellent advert for London.”

Honor Chapman, Chair of the London Development Agency said;

“We now have the opportunity to create an imaginative, long term future for the Sports Centre and Park which will not only benefit the immediate area but South London as a whole.  The Sports Centre and Park are an important regional facility in an area of high unemployment, which we anticipate will become a catalyst for jobs and regeneration.
“Under the terms of the agreement the London Development Agency will contribute towards the running costs of the Crystal Palace Sports Centre enabling Sport England to take a further two year lease of the Centre.“

Russell Mellor, Leader of Bromley Council, said:

“This deal is a win for the park and the whole Crystal Palace area. It will build on the successes of the regeneration schemes of the last seven years and bring real benefits for local people. Bromley Council, together with residents and neighbouring boroughs, will continue to be actively involved in the discussions around the park’s future.  Bromley will also work towards ensuring that the sports centre plays its part in London's plans for the 2012 Olympics.”

Patrick Carter Chair of Sport England said;

“Sport England has worked hard with its partners, the Mayor of London and the London Borough of Bromley, to secure the best future for Crystal Palace. This announcement is great news for both the local community and elite athletes who can continue to use the sporting facilities at Crystal Palace while a replacement sports centre is being planned.

“Our funding of the track refurbishment for the Grand Prix also reflects Sport England’s complete backing and support for the London 2012 Olympic bid.”

Notes to Editors

For further information please contact;

Mayor’s Press Office - Catherine Mattison / Anna Macmillan 020 7983 4020 / 6550

London Development Agency – Jane Ball / Sarita Bhatia 020 7954 4552 / 4087

London Borough of Bromley – Tom Horwood 020 8313 4415

Sport England – Kasia Reardon 020 7273 1591

GENERAL PUBLIC/NON-MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Call the Public Liaison Unit at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4100

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#33 James



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Posted 06 July 2005 - 04:15 PM

More from Jacqui Lait on Crystal Palace (speaking in the 2nd Reading debate
of Olympics lottery Bill) ...

Jacqui Lait: ... It is crucial, not just for people in the five boroughs around Crystal Palace but for all of south London, that the impact of the 2012 Olympics on their facilities is made clear as soon as possible. That will help them to feel involved in the developments and will allow them to understand the long-term legacy after 2012. The Olympics will generate excitement and interest, and I expect the games to be hugely successful in London and the rest of the UK. However, it is important that people grasp the legacy created by the increased council tax that they will have to pay.


Before the bid result was known, Sport England said that CP Sports Centre would be redeveloped for community use and if we won the bid they would review whether Crystal Palace could be involved in the Olympic Plans. Now we know that we are hosting the Olympics in 2012 the next question is when and how will Sport England let us know what will happen to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

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#34 James



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Posted 30 September 2005 - 10:10 PM


Race on for 2012 centre
Sep 29 2005
By Zara Bishop, The Post

THE future of a sports centre is hanging in the balance as planning bosses bid to sort out facilities in time for the 2012 Olympics. The London Development Agency (LDA) has drawn up options for the future of Crystal Palace Park including the National Sports Centre. These will be unveiled for a public consultation in October. However, there is already concern the plans will be too ambitious to complete in time for the London games.

Although no decision has yet been made, it is likely investment would be poured into the sports centre to maintain it while new state-of-theart facilities are built. When the new centre is finished, the present Grade II listed building would be knocked down. But the cost of the project has not been calculated and funding would need to be found.

The LDA has played down the risk of having one crumbling sports centre and another only half built when 2012 dawns. Derek Newman, project executive, said: "I can't emphasise how complicated it is. "It is ambitious but we have got to give ourselves a target. The idea is to keep [the current] sports centre running for as long as we possibly can."

But John Payne, chairman of the Crystal Palace Community Association, said: "I think 2012 for a new national sports centre is extremely ambitious. "There will be an enormous amount of red tape and planning to get through and it is difficult to see how they can progress with any firm guarantee."

An exhibition will be held at the Penge end of the park from October 20-25 and at the western end from October 27 to November 1. People can also see plans by visiting www.crystalpalacepark.org.uk

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#35 Nick


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Posted 01 October 2005 - 05:04 PM


This has a CGI of the proposed stadium. Looks big....
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Posted 01 October 2005 - 05:40 PM

LDA executive director for regeneration and development, Tony Winterbottom, said: "After 18 months of analysis of Crystal Palace Park's needs and extensive consultation with local people, we are ready to put forward our proposals for the park's future.

Erm, what consultation? Extensive consultation? I don't think so. How many people reading this have been asked what they want in the park?

The agency has committed millions of pounds to improving the park and maintaining sports facilities but some development, possibly housing, may be needed to pay for future improvements.

Is housing really necessary? I would have thought that the few million housing would bring in could easily be met by council tax collections (unless of course another employee robs the council blind). It seems the LDA keeps trotting this 'housing is necessary to pay for it' with every press release in the hope to brainwash us. Why not factor the park into the 2012 Olympics and pick up some cash from that?

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Posted 17 October 2005 - 08:53 AM

Thought Simon Jordan's (Crystal Palace Football Club) comments regarding the stadium in the Observer this Sunday were interesting.

Have also posted this on the Crystal Palace Park Redevelopment thread.