Warning against park land sell-off

Plans to turn part of Chrystal Palace Park over to developers could spark a wide-spread destruction of parks, says Green Party

The chair of an environment committee has warned that a plan to sell off parkland could lead to widespread destruction of parks. Under the £100 million plan, proposed by the London Development Agency (LDA), cafés, shops and 180 homes would be built on Crystal Palace Park. The development would finance the refurbishment of the Victorian park and the construction of a new sports centre. Supporters say the development would allow parts of the park that are currently closed to the public to be reopened as green space. But Green Party council London Assembly member Darren Johnson believes the move could set a disastrous precedent and result in local councils selling off parkland to fund routine maintenance. He said: “Parts of the scheme are great, but the land will be lost permanently. This could set a precedent and erode London’s green space. If park managers have to sell land to pay for repairs, there will soon be nothing left.” He said that if necessary, the LDA should produce more modest plans, rather than sell land.

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