Penge Forum arrangements during “lockdown” and updates on Crystal Palace Park

Dear Penge Forum Members and Friends,

We hope you are all looking after yourselves in these difficult times and managing to stay healthy.

We want to keep in touch with our members and friends, followers while we are unable to hold our regular open meetings.   We had planned to hold our first meeting of the year by now and should be planning our spring/summer meeting.   That too will not take place and it is now looking unlikely that any meetings will be held before the end of the year.  We can but hope.

We had an interesting line up of guests for the April meeting which we hope you would have found interesting.   These included

  • Street Rangers for the High Street and an update on the Business Improvement District;
  • Road safety and temporary play streets;
  • Replacement of the paddling Pool in Alexandra Park;
  • Developments at Melvin Hall;
  • Local policing and Safer Neighbourhood Meetings;
  • Registering Royston Halls as an Asset of Community Value.

Clearly, events have now overtaken some of those topics and new themes have arisen. 

We are asking our speakers if they can write updates on their topics which we will post here at regular intervals.  

In the meantime, there are updates following our meeting last September an Anerley Town Hall.  If you were there you would have heard representatives of the shadow Trustee Board talk about developments at the park.

Since then, as you are probably aware, since then Bromley Council have begun consultation on Outline Planning Permission for the £40 million Regeneration Plan for the park.  The scheme’s aim is to preserve and restore the park’s heritage, improve the park for everyone’s enjoyment and create a sustainable future.

The Crystal Palace Park Trust have written a briefing about the project and have suggested questions that you may wish to consider in responding to Bromley’s consultation.

The Trust’s briefing can be found here  and also allows you to share your views on the plan.

The Trust Board is also hoping to recruit new members and particularly to add to its skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Landscape maintenance
  • Contracts and finance
  • Charitable and public sector governance
  • Event management
  • Fundraising
  • Communications

More information is available at:

We hope to post more updates in the coming weeks but in the meantime please, keep safe.

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