The KCP is increasingly becoming the forum where a common vision for the King's Cross railway lands could emerge. It is becoming the point from which the actions of the different actors could be coordinated, in order to solve conflicts and achieve synergistic effects. The board of the SRB includes four representatives of local government, three representatives of a public agency (police, health, education), six from the private sector (including Railtrack, L&C, and other landowners), and four community representatives. The chairperson is a seventh private party, selected 'to ensure that the implementation and management of the project is essentially private-sector led'. The KCP must:
• gain and maintain support from all sectors for the regeneration plan for King's Cross;
• secure the successful implementation of the regeneration plan;
• act as agent to the local authorities for the development of Challenge Fund grants in King's Cross.
In essence, the task of the KCP is seen as finding ways of 'influencing', through the SRB budget, that can add value to CTRL and other investments in the area by multiplying their regeneration content: for example, a temporary construction bridge could be of better quality and become permanent, or tourist information could enhance the impact of a new hotel. Perhaps more importantly, the KCP can foster communication and consensus, thereby helping to ensure coordination and coherence. A crucial but delicate task is to keep the resident community from becoming marginalized.
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