Val Shawcross – Labour London Assembly Member for Southwark and Lambeth – attended Dulwich Community Council meeting (Wed 19th March). On her blog Val reports back on the meeting’s discussion of the Crystal Palace issue.
here are a few quotations:
“a lamentably ‘hollow’ presentation”
ON WHAT ARUP SAY THE LAND WILL BE USED FOR:
“They told the audience that half of the land used will be for a ‘Cultural asset/visitor facility’. There would be ‘public spaces, restaurants, an observation deck, art galleries and a six star hotel, plus a bus interchange, car parking facilities and services.”
ON ARUP/ZRG’s VAGUENESS AND APPARENT LACK OF PLANNING
“They were unable to get anywhere near guessing how much land would be built on or what the actual size of each of these facilities would be. They do not consequently have any guesstitmates on the number of visitors or trips this will generate. They said the approach to dealing with the local pressures placed on transport and roads would be to make use of backflows – that is, use the empty trains coming back out of London after the morning rush hour. They confirmed that there would be an attempt made to amend the 1990 Crystal Place Park Act which currently limits the area of the topsite which can be developed to 50%.”
Val Shawcross asked ARUP How much can the local roads and public transport services take? ARUP’s answer was that ZRG were focussing on the negotiations with Bromley for the leasing of the land, which Val said was a huge worry in itself.
AN OVERVIEW FROM VAL SHAWCROSS:
“My view is that the whole project is still proceeding in a topsy turvy and dangerous way.”
Go and read her full report, and questions she wants asked and answered, here: http://www.valshawcross.com/some-questions-to-ask-about-crystal-palace-park/
Val’s Blog also has other posts about the Crystal Palace issue.