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letters Community campaign will deter developers

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Please may I correct some misapprehensions in your recent article on Crystal Palace (aj 9.3.00).

The Crystal Palace Campaign, which represents the overwhelming majority of local people on the issue of development at Crystal Palace Park, does not support the Agenda 21 development proposal for the park, not least because we have never seen it.

Steven Norris has not stated that he would call in the Agenda 21 proposal, but did say that had he been the Secretary of State, he would have called in the London and Regional Properties multiplex cinema proposal

The multiplex cinema developer, l&r Properties, is not pressing ahead with its plans to desecrate this historic park. It is committed to a stakeholders forum with the local community, which is to start with a blank sheet of paper and without commitment to particular uses or design. That is its promise, and we are holding it to it

We are vocal, but not a minority, Twenty-three thousand people have signed a petition against the l&r scheme, which has also been opposed by adjoining authorities, mps, ministers, celebrities, national and local environment groups and the Select Committee on the Environment. Local residents intend to dog the scheme with a judicious mixture of lawful direct action against both developers and intending occupiers, legal opposition, and public campaigning through the press and otherwise. We expect to win, because not even a developer's millions can take on the right of a whole community to determine the future of its own environment.

Philip Kolvin, chairman, Crystal Palace Campaign, London

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