Category Archives: Crystal Palace Community Association

New McDonald’s could ‘give rise to gangs’ say police

Our Town Hall correspondent KEN LEE on a council planning decision that backs the interests of residents against big business Croydon Council’s planning department is capable of saying “no” to inappropriate developments after all, if a decision handed down over … Continue reading

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Queen’s Hotel planning inquiry is a case of David v Goliath

Whose side is Croydon Council on? As JOE PAXTON reports from the Town Hall, Crystal Palace Council Tax-payers face a four-day public hearing having had little support from their own local authority A David v Goliath battle commences at the … Continue reading

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Meeting to discuss mounting threat to Crystal Palace centre

The Crystal Palace Community Association is holding an open meeting next week to discuss the future of the National Sports Centre. As details of plans for the Centre have emerged during the recent consultation process, organised on behalf of the … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood libraries campaigner Robert Gibson was expelled by Labour Party just days before going missing

The purge of members by the right wing of the Labour Party across south London may have had a human cost, after it was revealed that Robert Gibson, the Upper Norwood library campaigner, received a letter notifying him that he … Continue reading

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Mayor urged to make Games bid centred on Crystal Palace

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has received a proposal to bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games – centred on south London, with Crystal Palace National Sports Centre undergoing a substantial, and overdue, refurbishment. With the Rio Olympics underway and … Continue reading

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Boris finally abandons plans to demolish Crystal Palace track

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has finally abandoned his ill-considered plans to demolish Crystal Palace’s athletics stadium and indoor track, following the deeply flawed consultation conducted by a company which has London’s Olympic hero, Seb Coe, as its executive chairman. … Continue reading

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City Hall keeps National Sports Centre on amber for months

The future of the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace, which was subject to an expensively drafted con-consultation run by CSM Strategic, a company of which the Lord of the Olympic Rings himself, Sebastian Coe, is the executive chairman, remains … Continue reading

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Walks and talkies to mark the Great Fire of South London

Before The Blitz, there was The Blaze. On Monday night at Crystal Palace, there are a couple of public events to commemorate the fire which destroyed the building that gave its name to the area. The 1936 blaze was the … Continue reading

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Trustees abandon free school plan for Crystal Palace Park

Controversial plans to build a free school in the middle of a Grade II-listed public park have been abandoned. The Crystal Palace Primary School wanted the public to pay for its buildings in the middle of the south London park, … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood Library Trust chairman in shock resignation

Community groups in Crystal Palace were stunned this afternoon by the shock announcement from Robert Gibson that he has resigned as the co-chair of the Upper Norwood Library Trust. Gibson has worked tirelessly, often in rear-guard actions, to keep the … Continue reading

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Palace revolution as Bromley hands park to community

Bromley Council has agreed to hand over the management and governance of Crystal Palace Park to a community-led trust. The decision has been described as “one of the most important decisions in 30 years”.

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Coe has been backing Baku while Crystal Palace crumbles

Sebastian Coe’s attempts to run a mile from being associated with recommendations to bulldoze Crystal Palace athletics stadium and other south London sports facilities which were to be part of the “Olympic legacy” promised by the 2012 London Games looks … Continue reading

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Paxton anniversary offers chance to review Palace future

The top site of Crystal Palace Park may not now become home to Boris Johnson’s £500million vanity project. But that is not the last we may hear about plans to reconstruct Paxton’s Crystal Palace.

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Overground Festival announces its 2015 programme of events

The organisers of this year’s Crystal Palace Overground Festival have announced their programme for the five-day fiesta of live music, dance, film, arts, comedy and history, which runs from June 24 to June 28. Nine-tenths of the events at the … Continue reading

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Reed calls for proper funding for Upper Norwood Library

The chairman of the Upper Norwood Library Trust yesterday told how he wept when the doors to the library were closed for the first time as a result of funding cuts imposed by Croydon Council. Robert Gibson was speaking to … Continue reading

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Upper Norwood Library investigates who got the loot

Despite all the on-going uncertainties over their library’s funding, the people behind Upper Norwood Library continue to work hard to provide a busy programme of activities for the community, at least on the days when the diminishing amounts of cash … Continue reading

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Bromley goes public on ZhongRong’s 500-year Palace dynasty

Bromley Council has published explosive correspondence to expose how the ZhongRong Group, the Chinese company to which London Mayor Boris Johnson wanted to hand a large chunk of Crystal Palace Park, were demanding to takeover half of the public park … Continue reading

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Overground Festival appeals to locals to keep it free

The Crystal Palace Overground Festival is turning to local residents in a plea for support to ensure this year’s festival remains largely free of charge. The festival has previously received funding from a number of sources including the Arts Council, … Continue reading

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Library trust is ‘shellshocked’ at Lambeth’s 60% funding cut

The future of Upper Norwood Library has been thrown into doubt once again, this time after a Labour-run local authority announced its intention to reduce funding by 60 per cent in 2016. Upper Norwood’s library is unique due to its … Continue reading

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Boris owes Crystal Palace apology over botched vanity project

London’s Tory Mayor Boris Johnson should apologise to the people of Croydon and Crystal Palace for the failure of his vanity project in the popular public park, following the failure of his preferred Chinese developers ZhongRong Group to act within … Continue reading

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Crystal Palace Overground Festival announces its 2015 dates

The Crystal Palace Overground Festival returns to Crystal Palace from Wednesday June 24 to Sunday June 28, offering fun for all. Festival fringe events will take place on June 24 to 26, with the Westow Park main event on Sunday … Continue reading

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Two years of secret meetings for world’s largest ‘glass-house’

The Mayor of London’s office first discussed “the exciting Crystal Palace glass-house proposal” with representatives of China’s ZhongRong Group more than two years before Boris Johnson announced the £500 million scheme from the steps of Paxton’s terracing in October 2013. … Continue reading

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Time to scrap Boris’s Crystal Palace vanity project, say Greens

Time is running out for one of Boris Johnson’s vanity projects, the £500 million Chinese Crystal Palace which although unbuilt, has cast a dark shadow over the park and the National Sports Centre there, and blighted planned improvements and developments … Continue reading

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Boris signals defeat on his Chinese giveaway at Crystal Palace

Has London Mayor Boris Johnson given up all hope on his “Chinese giveaway” of a chunk of Crystal Palace Park for the building of a replica of Paxton’s giant Victorian greenhouse? It certainly sounded that way during Mayor’s Question Time … Continue reading

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Jowell criticises Boris plan to ‘rip up iconic athletics track’

Tessa Jowell, the former Olympics Minister, has joined the campaign to keep viable athletics and sports facilities at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, in a submission to the Greater London Authority’s consultation which is highly critical of the way … Continue reading

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