PALACE NEEDS SUPPORT
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