Indoor climbing has been including [sic] in the proposals because it is an endurance sport, which is very complementary with cycling and with plenty of crossover between the two. There is currently no indoor climbing centre of regional status in South London. Such a facility is profit making and will attract around 30-50,000 visits per year. The proposal has strong backing from the British Mountaineering Council. Other such centres in the west and east of London have been carefully researched to identify the requirements and operational issues of this sport.
Part of the proposed £6 million regeneration plans for the Herne Hill Velodrome.
I’m not sure what the current status of it all is though. According to this page the proposals have been given “outline planning consent,” but it’s hard to tell when the site was last updated (it looks like 2004 from the page footer, but sometimes footer info can get left behind!).
If it is going ahead I’m particularly excited having just been re-introduced to climbing for the first time in 22 years – at the Westway Sports Centre. I had a feeling I was going to enjoy it, I just had no idea quite how much, big big thanks to Al Siddons!