We also host the Crystal Palace Library of Things and a live-streaming service hosting performances, activities and lunch time shows from our community. (If the anti’s have not already ripped them out), Nothing wrong in being pro-car especially since cars are being made less or non polluting. I would urge all to write to Shapps instructing him to withdraw powers and further instructing Croydon Council to open roads pending a full and public consultation on the matter. Wands have made the cycle lane on London Road a much safer proposition. This will be the final straw. Planters like these have been used to close roads in Upper Norwood from today, A Katharine Street source said, “Coronavirus has presented us with an opportunity to change people’s habits for the better, to create safer, less-polluted and calmer streets. The new schemes introduced today under the Streetspace scheme bring the borough’s total so far to 16. “White, fit, able-bodied middle-class men are leading these initiatives. He said: “I originally got concerned because Croydon Council was supposed to have sent a letter to all the people affected but I did not get one. Local access will maintained via the Church Road end of Fox Hill. Crystal Palace Park regeneration: What has been done so far in the £2.4million improvements? At lunchtime, it’s quiet and musty with music played sporadically and at different volumes, as if the few punters in there are being subjected to CIA interrogation techniqu… It’s a great barn of a pub shielded by a thick hedge, hiding a kind of ramshackle Tudor drinking hall. In a bid to reduce traffic in the area, Croydon Council has announced that three hills in a row will be closed to through traffic from Monday, August 3. However, road congestion, caused by people driving through the pinch point of the Triangle, will remain as there are no adeqaute alternative North-South and East-West Routes. I am not advocating driving everywhere, but just accepting that driving can make sense in the daily transport choices we make, taking into consideration all the above issues. It was undoubtedly, a nasty, polluted canyon, with 2 way traffic, but it had the advantage of letting North-East to South West traffic (and vice versa) to pass by the shopping area of the Triangle. Learn how to create your own. 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Pingback: Transforming Society ~ The pandemic and positive lifestyle changes. Cycling is fine if the day is not too hot, not too cold, not too wet, and not too windy. A few other similar schemes have already been put in place by the council including closures on Lancaster Road, Warminster Road and Woodvale Avenue. Local access will be maintained via the Church Road end of Stambourne Way. The CP Town Team is made up of local businesses, community organisations, councillors from three boroughs and residents, and was… The air would be also indeed be fresher, if we reduced car use, but as all vehicles turn electric, many of the objections to cars will go, in terms of local street air pollution from exhaust pipes. It is not an argument that Ryan and the car drivers of Upper Norwood are too impressed with, even if, after many years of neglect and delay, Croydon is using some funding from the Mayor of London to play catch-up in the provision of safer cycling and walking infrastructure. And if they want to use them to drive a 20 minute walk or cycle – then get use to being in traffic. Crystal Palace is an area in south London, England, named after the Crystal Palace Exhibition building which stood in the area from 1854 until it was destroyed by fire in 1936. Liliane Pillay, who lives in Braybrooke Gardens off Fox Hill, thinks that something needs to be done about the traffic on the road and generally walks everywhere herself. They do not listen to the concerns of others, sadly.”. Crystal Palace is unique in that it falls within five boroughs and the triangle itself straddles three, Croydon, Bromley and Lambeth. The Area. “Further, it is considered that the direct investment that will arise from M&S Foodhall’s presence in the Crystal Palace triangle should be wholly supported – especially as the current high-street retail industry is typically facing uncertainty. BERMUDA TRIANGLE Getting really really bored of the constant gridlock in Crystal Palace, compliments of Croydon council now known as the Crystal Palace Bermuda Triangle, as its been reported that people who once left for a 20 minute round trip, now disappear for hours and hours on end????? In the case of Ryan, he said that he is “… terribly concerned about the Triangle”, meaning the seemingly permanently car-congested area at the top of Anerley Hill, where cars using the A214 slowly work their way around some fashionable independent shops, bars, pubs and restaurants. Mr Goddard lives with his wife on the corner of Church Road and Fox Hill, and uses his car, which is kept in a garage accessed by Fox Hill to get around. THERE'S NO TIME (by The Planters) I’ve… But it is important that we actually do something about it, and reducing car usage is an important step in that direction.”. Approximately 7 miles (11 km) south-east of Charing Cross, it includes one of the highest points in London, at 367 feet (112 m), offering views over the capital. Today, Crystal Palace plays host to a burgeoning community of creatives and young professionals. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Some drivers have deliberately damaged and moved road closure planters in South Norwood, Even members of local cycling groups, describing the measures as “a massive step forward”, have also described the way they have been designed and implemented as “a blunt instrument” and suggested that, “Any permanent version may need a little more nuance.”. The Labour group at the Town Hall, already riven with fault lines on a number of contentious issues, is facing another split, this time over road closures in Upper Norwood that have been introduced today under coronavirus emergency powers. He added: “Blocking Fox Hill will stop some things but it will increase traffic in the Triangle.”. Or wrong. Palace Vinyl is a record emporium based in the heart of Crystal Palace Triangle, SE19, which has a 25 year trading history. The current Triangle one-way system has the effect of taking drivers coming from the South West (Croydon and South Norwood and beyond) , down the wide, Southern section of Church Road, past the Queens Hotel, and, after a left turn, rather slowly around the 2 sides of the triangle that are lined with shops and restaurants–Westow Street and Westow Hill . Local access will be maintained via the Church Road end of Stambourne Way, Fox Hill: closure at the junction between Fox Hill and Braybrooke Gardens. View of Crystal Palace, London SE19. It will stop people coming to the Palace to do their shopping, to socialise.”. A petition has already raised 300 signatures in opposition to those closures, while some motorists have taken more direct action, actively removing the planters that are supposed to block access to Albert Road. One road’s new found peace is to another’s extreme detriment. News, views and analysis about the people of Croydon, their lives and political times in the diverse and most-populated borough in London. The veteran councillor is concerned that the changes will have a negative impact on some of his constituents like 85-year-old Philip Goddard. Based in Croydon and edited by Steven Downes. Clearly Croydon Council cannot be trusted with the “emergency powers” that Grant Shapps has bestowed since they have been abused to further an agenda clearly already in the making and a gift in that sense. Most will be reviewed and assessed in the autumn, although quite how that assessment will take place is hard to understand when you consider that the council has gone into these trials with no traffic volume data available for the affected roads from before the pandemic lockdown. Open space Crystal Palace Park is the somewhat neglected listed park that is one of the area’s main amenities. The Crystal Palace was a cast iron and plate glass structure, originally built in Hyde Park, London, to house the Great Exhibition of 1851. It will be the second store to serve alcohol with a limited seating area on the Triangle… The most desirable part is known as the Crystal Palace Triangle, bordered by Westow Hill, Westow Street and Church Road. Ryan is a Labour councillor for Crystal Palace and Upper Norwood ward and the longest-serving councillor at the Town Hall. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. To contact us, please email inside.croydon@btinternet.com. Councillor Stuart King, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for transport and the environment, said that the low-traffic schemes are about “seizing the initiative” to make our residential streets safer and more attractive to walkers, cyclists and residents. He said: “I am concerned about all the residents and I am terribly concerned about the Triangle. It contains a number of real treasures. “If these latest schemes prove successful, we will consult the public to ask if they should become permanent.”, Residents fear the closures will push traffic onto the Crystal Palace Triangle, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. This must include the negative effects including increased congestion, new “rat runs”, massively increased pollution, the choking of access to Crystal Palace and the not unreasonable expectation to be able to use the roads for which we pay heavily. A relatively new arrival on the Triangle, Crystal Palace Vintage does what it says on the tin sign. Open space Crystal Palace Park is the somewhat neglected listed park that is one of the area’s main amenities. 2010 to 2020: Inside Croydon has been delivering local community service and local community news for 10 years. Again, this is not a pro-car rant, but a plea for common sense and reality. Further to Christopher’s post above, a further reflection is that maybe “Lockdown” has got many people to realise that they quite like not having to buzz around all of the time. The three sides of the Crystal Palace triangle may only stretch to half a mile and seven pubs, so it’s one of the least onerous pub crawls in London, but there’s a villagey cosiness up at the top of the hill that makes you want to settle in for the weekend and tie one on. The extent of the road closure stupidity has increased with the closure off all access to Auckland Road from the A212. I assume that the traffic engineers looked at all the options, and modelled their ramificatiions, before installing the one way system on the Triangle. Road closures without due consultation is fundamentally wrong. This map was created by a user. Others are embracing the change as a chance to get out on their bikes more and are pleased with the reduction in traffic. Alma Yard is a collection of six two-bedroom duplex apartments in the heart of Crystal Palace triangle. The Upper Norwood Library Hub is a multi-purpose community and performance arts space with a professional library service delivered by Lambeth Council, co-funded by Croydon Council. For more news and features from across London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here . Our. It has nothing to do with being pro car just the practical reality that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. 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 Crystal Palace Market is an innovative culinary concept that genuinely believes in healthy, fresh and flavoursome food. ‘We’re” doing no such thing, of course. 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