The archived pdf Newsletters (1 to 81) were edited by Dr Martin Heath as  superviser of  the Belair Project, and include attributed  contributions by others.  Some  have been reconfigured here as blog posts for ease of browsing and viewing. (An archive of the original PDFs is available here.) More recent newsletters are posted below.

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Private Eye notes the many gifts accepted by Boris from Chinese business men

Whilst gift-giving is normal practice in the business world, it is generally accepted that public figures should practise extreme caution in receiving gifts. As Private Eye deadpans in its opening sentence from the article ‘China and Qatar gives thanks to Boris & Co’ (12th Dec 2014):

“BORIS JOHNSON’s plan to hand Crystal Palace Park to Chinese corporation ZhongRong so it can build a hotel in the historic London green space has already had a big impact on the London mayor’s hospitality register.”  read the rest of the article here

Inside Croydon – who have been tenacious and belligerent even on the ZhongRong proposal – comment on Private Eye’s investigative journalism findings in their article (10.12.2014): Boris aides make a meal of London Mayor’s Chinese giveaway

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Why is Crystal Palace Park discussed as though it is a piece of disused real estate by politicians on the Sunday Politics Show

Fantastic that the Crystal Palace Park proposal is finally making National News, but we are confounded and angry that the park is referred to as though it is a derelict and disused piece of land. It is a beautiful park where children play and wildlife lives.

As well as making the BBC news (23/11/14), The Crystal Palace development was discussed on the Sunday politics show(starts at 40 minutes).

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London Assembly vote to investigate Boris’ Albert Docks deal

C4 news report on Boris Johnson’s Albert Docks property deal:


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Green Dale Fields consultation results are published

From Southwark Council:
Dear local resident
Thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultations for Green Dale Fields. The results of both consultations are available on the website to download from
We are now busy updating the plans, so we can submit a planning application for the scheme. We will also publicise the updated plans on the website and via this mailing list.
Yours sincerely,
Pippa Krishnan, Southwark Council

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Bromley Council’s views on the latest Crystal Palace scheme – (primary school, and sports)

In the seemingly never-ending surfacing of new proposals for the Crystal Palace Park (The Multiplex (1997), the Masterplan (??part1), the Masterplan (2008), the ZhongRong rebuild (2013)), many of you will be aware of the latest proposal (2014) for the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre is in Crystal Palace Park and a part of it; and the proposal being put forward involves building a primary school (under much debate) and some reworking of the sports facilities – though the devil is in the detail (see document). This is a discussion that is being had whilst the ZhongRong proposal is still ongoing – the new scheme being touted as something that can potentially fit alongside the ZhongRong scheme.


This is Councillor Stephen Carr – the leader of Bromley Council’s view on the scheme:


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Hadley Property Group and Dulwich Hamlet FC – Public consultation events on the proposals for Champion Hill – Thursday 27 and Saturday 29 November‏

Dulwich Hamlet Football Club is a vital part of the community within East Dulwich. Securing a sustainable future for the club to remain at Champion Hill, as part of a mixed-use development, is a key aim of Hadley Property Group, the current owners.

 We presented the local community with very initial proposals at an event in July 2014, and after assessing the feedback received at and following this event, and after working with local community groups, residents, supporters and the club itself to refine the proposals, we want to hear the thoughts of the community on the more detailed proposals. On the 27th and 29th, full details will be provided on:

·         The new proposed pitch on the already developed astroturf site adjacent to Champion Hill;

·         Protecting and maintaining Green Dale Fields, in addition to improving access with the creation of a new, linear park;

·         Increased community benefits and access for a much wider range of local residents compared to current facilities;

·         Creation of new, public open space; and

·         High quality homes.

We are extremely excited to be presenting our more detailed proposals for securing the future of Dulwich Hamlet Football Club. We would love to hear your views and urge you to attend the upcoming exhibition to have you say and talk through the proposals with the project team.

The consultation events will be held at Dulwich Hamlet Football Club, Edgar Kail Way, London, SE22 8DB on:

·         Thursday 27th November from 3pm – 8pm; and

·         Saturday 29th November from 10am – 3pm.

 If you have any comments or questions, please contact Pavitar Mann at or on 020 234 3309.

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Friends of Belair Park hold their ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Sat. Nov 29th

The Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Belair Park will take place on Saturday, November 29 at 12:30 pm in the Francis Peek Centre, Dulwich Park, SE21. The FPC is adjacent to the car park, which may be reached from Old College Gate on  College Road.

This will be a no-frills business meeting, focused on organisational issues.

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Zebra crossing on Gallery Road adjacent to Lovers’ Walk is proposed

FOBP reproduce this e-mail from Chris Mascord of Southwark Council:

Dear Consultees,

 Southwark Council is holding a consultation to receive key stakeholder’s comments regarding a proposal to implement a raised pedestrian crossing on Gallery Road, adjacent to Lovers Walk and Belair Park.

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ZhongRong’s Crystal Palace proposal is in Private Eye

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November 6, 2014 · 9:46 pm


Full marks to the London Borough of Southwark for promoting this major green initiative – which is both exciting and much needed. Now you can play your part.

The plan is to transform Green Dale fields in Camberwell into a new park for the community.

Southwark’s parks newsletter requested public input: “This big area of open space, just behind Dog Kennel Hill Open Space and Sainsburys, is full of potential and we want to hear your views on what can be done with it. If we did create a new park here, what would you like to see in it?”


The deadline is Sunday 24 August, 2014.

A Friends of Green Dale was formed at a meeting held on Thursday August 7, 2014 at the Albrighton Community Centre, Albrighton Road, SE22 8AH.  


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