PALACE NEEDS SUP­PORT

Athletics Weekly - - News -

ATH­LETES and coaches who want to see Crys­tal Palace sur­vive as a track and field fa­cil­ity are be­ing en­cour­aged to make their voices heard at a fur­ther round of con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings next month.

The pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion events take place just days after a group called “Save the Crys­tal Palace Na­tional Sports Cen­tre” cir­cu­lated a num­ber of alarm­ing pho­to­graphs of the ne­glected south London venue.

The pic­tures show the once proud sta­dium over-grown with weeds and fea­tur­ing bro­ken spec­ta­tor seats.

The lat­est wave of con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings in what has be­come a long-run­ning saga to save the cen­tre are ti­tled ‘On Your Marks’ and the re­sults are due to be handed to Mayor Sadiq Khan in the new year.

There are fears that the arena might be de­mol­ished and John Pow­ell – a sprints coach and chair of the Crys­tal Palace Sports Part­ner­ship – has told

AW he is sus­pi­cious that the con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings have re­ceived so lit­tle pub­lic­ity.

The venue has also fallen out of favour with UK Athletics. The gov­ern­ing body still sup­ports com­mu­nity use of the arena and ef­forts to im­prove par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport but it be­lieves its in­fra­struc­ture is too dated to be used for ma­jor meet­ings like the Di­a­mond League or Bri­tish Cham­pi­onships.

The con­sul­ta­tion meet­ings are at Crys­tal Palace on Oc­to­ber 10 (6.30pm), Oc­to­ber 11 (7-9), Oc­to­ber 16 (6.30pm) and Oc­to­ber 17 (7pm). See on-your-marks.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion.

Crys­tal Palace Sta­dium has fallen into a state of dis­re­pair

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