The new Crystal Palace Town Team has launched an interactive map of the Crystal Palace Triangle and surrounding areas, allowing the community to find which businesses have marked themselves as “open” during the pandemic lockdown.
The CP Town Team is made up of local businesses, community organisations, councillors from three boroughs and residents, and was set up to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of the area around Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood.
The group was already working towards a directory, but the COVID-19 crisis has pushed the idea into being an essential, rather than a “nice-to-have”.
Initially, it covers home delivery options, distanced deliveries and takeaways. Potential customers go to covid19-mylocal.uk and they can search for a service, check the map or just browse the listings. The geo-mapping site was created by local resident and web developer Natasa Blagojevic.
“We just felt it was important to offer local people somewhere they could find goods and services, really easily,” said Chris Braime, a locally-based community music leader, who initiated the project.
“Our aim is to offer a platform on which services will be kept up-to-date by local traders, so people can try and shop a little more normally and locally. We’re really pleased to have over 70 great businesses and services on board already and we’re expanding the listings daily.”
The Town Team wants this project to move forward into covid-free times, as well as helping during the immediate crisis. “Lots of people would rather buy from small local businesses than from Amazon or big supermarkets, no matter how reliable those services are,” said Kate McGhee, a member of the Town Team and co-founder of SE19Lates shopping events.
“The Town Team vision is to have a plan to support the Crystal Palace community and economy now and when we emerge from lockdown. If anything, this has become even more important as we face the current uncertainty.”
Town Team members include Crystal Palace Transition Town, the Crystal Palace Food Market, Crystal Palace Festival and Upper Norwood Library Hub, a growing number of businesses and local residents.
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