SPORTS CENTRE GETS REPRIEVE – FOR NOW
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre has had the threat of losing its iconic stadium and a host of other existing facilities lifted – at least for now.
Resident operators Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), now have GLA authorisation for a further operating contract extension, which indicates the centre will largely continue to operate as it has been for the next two years until March 2018, say Crystal Palace Sports Partnership (CPSP) – who have greeted the news with “muted enthusiasm.”
CPSP chairman John Powell, said: “Of course this is good news for the shorter term, but we wonder whether the two-year extension is going to be one where the authorities seek to formulate plans for future development.
“Or whether it will simply be another two years of managed decline. “The place still suffers from years of managed decline, even after the limited fixes being seen to support this contract extension.
“We are pleased that the GLA have clearly listened to the voice of the 4,000 NSC users who signed the CPSP petition against demolishing half of the CPNSC, and the many others who objected in the CSM consultation in 2014.”
CPSP co-secretary Francis Bernstein said: “The Crystal Palace National Sports Centre (CPNSC) remains unique in London in hosting many multiple sports at one venue, supporting five London boroughs.
“It provides widespread grass roots access into sports and recreation, serving all levels of abilities up to elite.
“Its transport links make it the most well connected multi-sports centre in the country. “CPSP hope this will be a positive time, and all users see clear and positive changes in the next two years, with better facilities, experience, and enhanced participation levels over all sports.”
CPSP say it will be the new London Mayor who will ultimately decide on the centre’s future, with the GLA stating they are now focussing on developing a long term strategy during the remainder of 2016, as outlined in MD1602 Crystal Palace – National Sports Centre contract extension, published on March 17th 2016.
MD1602 Crystal Palace – National Sports Centre Contract Extension – https://www.london.gov.uk/decisions/md1602-crystal-palace-national-sports-centre-contract-extension