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Climbing wall at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Pidgeon Caroline Pidgeon Liberal Democrat

Mount Palace, the operators of the climbing wall at the sports centre have made strenuous efforts to engage with the GLA over its future operation but have not had a response. The GLA seems to have no interest in their proposal. Please can you ensure that GLA Land and Property will engage with Mount Palace and give their proposal serious consideration?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Consultation and engagement work with National Sports Centre (NSC) users over the past 18 months has gathered suggestions and ideas about the future use and development of the NSC, especially in relation to encouraging active lifestyles and wider participation in sports.

Mount Palace and their users have been engaged through this process. Officers from my Regeneration and Economic Development team have previously met with the Mount Palace operators to discuss their ambitions for the future of the climbing club, most recently in late September. My officers have also previously shared with Mount Palace potential funding opportunities for their community programme and will continue to keep them informed of project progress.

As work continues, further consultation with key stakeholders, park and NSC users will inform what facilities are required to best support the future of the centre, so it continues to serve the needs of sporting and local communities.