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The Crystal Palace Campaign is a popular movement which has successfully prevented a 20-cinema multiplex from being built on the historic, Grade II* listed site in Crystal Palace Park where the rebuilt (Sydenham) Crystal Palace used to stand.
We are now engaged in a dialogue process, which we initiated, to see the results through to a successful conclusion i.e. an arrangement in place to allow full and proper consultation with local people and others .
Updated: 21 May 2013
- Olympic Torch in the park
.....and some pictures.....
Sir Joseph Paxton (1803-1865), gardener & architect, creator of the original Crystal Palace in Hyde Park in 1851.
APPROVAL - HAS ARRIVED
Crystal Palace Park, after so many years in the preparation, will have a 'new life'. Remember that this is an outline application so that the design and financing and consultation will start up again but this time it will centre around real change.
Master Plan supporters outside the Inquiry hall - July 2009
Park News in pictures....
Today, 9th April 2012...a throroughly wet day in Crystal Palace Park, around 3pm. This view of the Paxton Axis walk doesn't exactly show a teeming crowd jostling for a space on this grand avenue. However, lurking to the photographer's right is a freshly painted information centre, functioning toilets nearby and, far ahead, a very spruce Paxton bust (newly cleaned). Credit to Bromley Council for keeping good works, although on a small scale, going....
Hopefully, after the Judicial Challenge verdict is announced tomorrow (we've been told), good works may be able to move at a faster pace.
Main Pool, 10m diving board and new, smart Results Panel
National Sports Centre - refurbishment.
On behalf of the London Development Agency Robin Buckle delivers the Master Plan to Bromley Council. The deed was done on the 1st November (2007), and acknowledged by Bromley Council on 2nd November. This is the first of three elements of the planning application - the other two concern 'listed buildings' and the 'conservation area'.
Bromley will shortly formally register the document and will then begin the normal consultation/comment process. Because of the size of the application (count the boxes!), special arrangements are being made to view it at Bromley Headquarters and the process will extend longer than usual simply to give everyone a chance to read and comment on the huge amount of material.
As soon as more detail about the planning registration number, viewing etc. becomes available it will appear here!
Exciting Moment... This is the culmination of the Master Planning phase of the move to regenerate the Park and the result of a vast amount of work commissioned by the LDA. This phase was one of the most expansive consultation process of any planning application of this type. The consultation kept the Master Planners informed about community aspirations and directly influenced many of the choices they made. It gave many thousands of people a chance directly to have their say.
The Crystal Palace Campaign have always promoted consultation. We initiated the Dialogue Process more than five years ago and have supported it since. We will continue to do so in the phases to follow. Our supporters can be proud of the achievements so far and look forward to the new future for Crystal Palace Park.
"There is no city like London. It is a wonderfully diverse and open city providing a home to hundreds of different nationalities from all over the world. I can't think of a better place than London to hold an event that unites the world." - Nelson Mandela...
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Sir Joseph Paxton - the
leading photograph above is of a sculpture by W.F.Woodington,
1869: it now stands facing the sports stadium, Paxton's back is towards the
old Palace site! In 1823 Paxton moved to the Horticultural Society in
Chiswick and entered the date of his birth as 1801 - an action which
mislead many an historian. In fact he was born on 3rd August 1803 in
a small village called Milton Bryan a few miles south-east of Milton
Keynes in Bedfordshire. He died on the 8th June 1865 at Rockhills in
Sydenham, south London, having seen his great building, Crystal
Palace, for the last time in May of that year. He was wheeled in a
chair through a flower show and, although surrounded by the plants he
had always loved, he was unable to complete the journey.
The bust was cleaned in August 2012.
You are the ...visitor.
Click on the Sphinx to get a higher resolution
picture (it's a great screen background).
Good story of progress for fixing the sphinxes - see CSG website.