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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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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Crystal Palace development on Sunday Politics Show 23/11/14

The Crystal Palace development was discussed on the Sunday politics show. (starts at 40 minutes) Great to see some vocal interrogation of this ill-conceived scheme from Labour Councillor Val Shawcross, Green MEP Darren Johnson,and campaigners Martin Tempia and Rob Gibson. But I was gobsmacked that the discussion of Crystal Palace park on the studio discussion panel seemed to view this land as real estate with which nothing was being done, when it is our treasured park where we relax and play. National Parks are not “undeveloped real estate”. We should not be applauding the Chinese for getting their act together and showing us how to build some commercial facility on a beautiful green space. Shame on them.


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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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Coming Events in Southwark Parks

Burgess Park open air free film festival
When: Friday 22 and Saturday 23 August, from 8pm
Where: on the slope next to the children’s playground, overlooking the lake in Burgess Park 
Following on from last year’s successful free outdoor film screening in Burgess Park, we will be showing two more films over this weekend: Pan’s Labyrinth on Friday and Frozen on Saturday – and remember this needs to be powered by your peddling! 

For more information visit the website or send an email to:

Free band stand concert in Southwark Park
When: Sunday 24 August, 2pm to 4pm
Where: the Band Stand in the centre of Southwark Park
To commemorate the 1864 Southwark Park Act and the Centenary of the First World War, a show case of various styles of popular music between 1864 and 2014 will be played by the band, including a selection of wartime songs.

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