Crystal Palace Park exclusivity ends but discussions continue

London Borough of Bromley News Release

2 February 2015
For immediate release

Crystal Palace Park exclusivity ends but discussions continue

An exclusivity agreement about Crystal Palace Park lapsed yesterday, Bromley Council have
confirmed.

The exclusivity agreement between ZhongRong Group and Bromley Council commenced in
October 2013 followed a request by ZhongRong Group and allowed time for detailed plans to be
formulated and discussions to take place.

Councillor Stephen Carr, Leader of Bromley Council said, “These have been and remain complex
proposals. The potential to completely restore and improve the park as well as regeneration for
the surrounding area is something we cannot ignore. Equally, the Council is not going to agree to
something without being confident about the proposals as we are custodians of this fantastic park.”

Councillor Carr added, “Whilst we are no longer bound by an exclusivity agreement, the confidential
discussions have not concluded and these continue with ZhongRong. Local people and other
interested parties should know that when there is something to say, we will keep them informed as
we have sought to do all the way along this process and I thank them for their continued patience.”

Work to improve the park continues, with Kinnear Landscape Architects (KLA) having been appointed
in October to carry out feasibility work as part of a range of £2.4 million improvement works to
the park, identified in consultation with the local community, funded by Bromley Council and the
GLA. This feasibility stage is expected to be completed by March, and delivery of capital
improvement works will then begin this summer. Bromley Council continues to work with
community groups such as the Friends of Crystal Palace Park Dinosaurs and the Crystal Palace
Skatepark group.

KLA is a landscape architecture practice with extensive experience in creating and improving parks
and green spaces in London. The practice has brought together a multi- disciplinary team,
including the Morton Partnership and Chris Dyson Architects to support the development of
the improvement scheme.

In addition to the capital improvements a £240k community project fund is being set up for Crystal
Palace Park. This fund will open this spring, with community groups being able to bid for funding
of up to £20k to carry out a wide range of activity in the park for the benefit of local residents
and visitors.
Further information about Crystal Palace Park is available at http://www.bromley.gov.uk/crystalpalacepark.

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