A new addition may be on the way to help keep Crystal Palace Park’s dinosaurs in roaring condition.

Bromley’s planning sub-committee will consider new plans to install a permanent bridge to Dinosaur Island, in a bid to ease access to the ageing statues.

A report to be considered by councillors notes that the grade I listed dinosaurs are one of Crystal Palace Park’s most important features.

However, despite interventions from specialist conservators and engineers in recent years, their condition continues to deteriorate, according to council.

The plans “will allow “a high quality permanent but retractable bridge to the dinosaurs to allow limited access for maintenance, repair and limited managed

public tours”, according to the report

The new bridge will allow easier access for around 1,200 people per year, as well as making routine maintenance easier and cheaper, in turn helping to conserve the dinosaurs for the long term.

The report notes that a permanent bridge to the island was removed in 2017, making it more difficult for maintenance work to be performed.

It’s believed the bridge construction will cost in the vicinity of £70,000, to be funded by charity Friends of Crystal Palace Dinosaurs, who raised the sum themselves via an intensive crowdfunding scheme set up by the Mayor of London

Historic England have given the move their tick of approval, stating: “We appreciate that such access is necessary to secure the long term future of these highly significant and fragile historic assets for maintenance, repair, planting and limited public access”.

The planning sub-commitee will meet on  November 21.