CAMPAIGNERS opposing the closure of Crystal Palace Park top site will hold a second candlelight vigil.

In a bid to force Bromley Council to open up the historic site, protesters will gather near the bus station on Crystal Palace Parade on Friday evening.

A similar event, which attracted more than 300 residents last September, ended in sections of a controversial 8ft hoarding being ripped down.

Since then, there have been numerous "protest" messages scrawled on the fence by action groups.

Martin Heath, of Ridge Wildlife Group, who is organising Friday's vigil, said: "We are sick of Bromley Council wasting everybody's time on this. Hopefully this will attract as many people as last time."

The vigil falls two weeks before a five-year anniversary celebration of the "eco-warrior" occupation of the top site, which stopped the leisure complex development.

The Big Willow Eco Village evening on Wednesday, April 2, will include films and photographic exhibitions of the year-long occupation.

A spokesman for Crystal Palace Protest said: "Those who lived on the site, the locals who supported them and the visitors who passed through, enjoyed the beauty and magic of the hilltop.

"Even those who were not there will find the evening interesting and enlightening."

Bromley Council's director of leisure services Robbie Stoakes has drawn up plans to provide "limited access" to the top site.

He will present these to community groups and councillors at the next "stakeholders" meeting at Crystal Palace Sport Centre tomorrow.

Call 020 8659 3301 for tickets for the Big Willow event at 7.30pm at Meze House, Church Road.