(R73) CRYSTAL PALACE CAMPAIGN - IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE - 24 June 2003
EXECUTIVE AGREE REMOVAL OF HILL TOP FENCE
Following last night’s meeting of Bromley Council’s Executive it has been decided in principle to replace the fence around part of the hill top with a more effective means of deterring fly tipping. The fence was installed last summer in a response to repeated fly tipping and illegal incursions from travellers.
However, recent months have seen further illegal entries despite the fence and locked gates. The Council will now look at other more effective measures including a landscaped “bund” or bank and ditch or a palisade type fence. Both options would see pedestrian access restored to the hill top. There is sufficient material on site to create a bund without having to import additional material at cost. A palisade fence would allow for views across the ridge, and could be attractively screened with a low hedge. Depending on size the bund might require planning permission which would need to be gained before the existing fence could be removed. The Executive will receive a further report on costs and the preferred option following detailed discussions with local residents’ groups.
Bromley’s Leader, Councillor Russell Mellor said;
“I hope the new measures will deter fly tippers as well as allow for improved access to the hill top, and for people to enjoy the view from South London’s highest ridge. We have listened to the views expressed within the Crystal Palace Stakeholder Forum and will also be taking further detailed proposals to the residents’ liaison group on how best to construct the new boundary defences. I very much hope that this sends out a clear message to all groups concerned about the future of Crystal Palace Park that Bromley is committed to consultation with local groups, and regional and government agencies that can effectively secure the future of this unique heritage park.”
24/06/03 Last updated 24/06/03