LIBRARY CAMPAIGNER Robert Gibson has expressed his sadness at the introduction of the new – and reduced – opening hours at Upper Norwood joint library on Westow Hill.
“This week I have been feeling very low. “The result of Croydon council’s savage cut to our local Upper Norwood joint library’s budget really hit home on Monday.
“We lost some of the most experienced and dedicated library staff whose redundancies began. “Our chief librarian, Bradley Millington, our reference and local history librarian Jerry Savage, our assistant librarian for ICT and operations Christine Phillips, our senior library assistant Wendy Ashley and our part-time library assistant Shan Zorn. “They had served both the UNJL and the local community with dedication and commitment for a collective period of 123 years.
“I would like to thank them on behalf of all the users of the library and the residents of Crystal Palace.
“I also happened to be outside the library on the first day of reduced opening. “It is now closed on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. “I saw a mum and her daughter, a grandfather and his grandson, and three different aged blokes all walk up to the door and then turn away. “It made me feel very sad.
“I am very proud of the role that I played in helping the community mobilise and prevent Croydon council shutting the library and selling the building as it originally intended. “But I can’t help thinking Croydon council’s cuts to our Crystal Palace community were a bit like the Taliban in Afghanistan who destroyed the ancient statues of the Buddha – their actions pointless, illegitimate and something which we all mourn.
“My only consolation is my faith in the existing staff, the heartfelt support of the entire Crystal Palace community and those of goodwill within both Lambeth and Croydon council.
“Together we will ensure that our library will not buckle but will roll with the punches and come back stronger.”
‘MOVE STATUES TO SUBWAY’ PLAN
FRIENDS OF CRYSTAL Palace Park are asking for peoples views on moving some ‘hidden’ statues in the park into the subway underneath Crystal Palace Parade.
In an email to members the Friends say there are a number of statues and parts of statues behind the visitor centre near to the bottom entrance of the Park. “They are exposed to the elements, not available to the public and haven’t been cleaned in a very long time.
“The Friends of the Subway group have suggested that the statues could be moved to the subway where they can be securely stored and kept out of the elements, and have asked whether the Friends of the Park would have any objection to this.”
The Friends of CPP say there are six alcoves on each side of the subway and there are six statues with bases and six urns that would fit perfectly into the alcoves. “As they would be inside the subway, this would not prevent any future work that needed to be carried out to stabilize the entrance walls.
“The Friends of the Subway have suggested that this might become their permanent home with the public being able to enjoy them once the subway is open again. “Suitable equipment and expertise would of course be used to move them as they are much too heavy to be carried and we would want to make sure they were not damaged in the move.” The group is of course talking with English Heritage to see if they have any objections and / or can help with technical expertise.”
….BUT IT’S ‘NO’ TO KEEPING LAMP COLUMNS IN MOWBRAY ROAD
A REQUEST TO keep existing cast iron lamp columns in Mowbray Road when they are upgraded has been turned down by Croydon council – because the road is no longer in a conservation area.
Mowbray Road resident Mark Richardson, who made the request, told Croydon council in a letter: “The columns were only put in a few years ago and generate clear white light.”These replica Victorian lighting columns are part of the Victorian architecture of Mowbray Road. “Please do not remove them. “Lets preserve the Victorian character of Mowbray Road and lets rejoice in the wonderful local heritage.”
But he has now been told in a letter from Croydon and Lewisham Street Lighting PFI (Private Finance Initiative) that the only columns that will be enhanced are those that fall within the conservation areas of the borough and that have been identified by the authority to be replaced.
CRYSTAL PALACE TRANSITION TOWN ‘CELEBRATION AND AGM’
CRYSTAL PALACE TRANSITION TOWN are holding what they call their ‘annual celebration and annual meeting’ at the Salvation Army centre 58-60 Westow Street, SE19 on Wednesday May 8th.
Transition Town says: “The past years been a very exciting year for us which has seen the following wide range of projects flourish: five local community food growing sites, including the prize-winning “Edible Garden” in Westow Park; the “Bugs Club” for Kids, Palace Pick-Ups: our community clean-ups; Palace Pints; Palace Preserves; Patchwork Farm; Palace Power: our community solar energy project; our “Local and Fair” group supporting Fairtrade and local businesses; our new transport group; and our exciting new weekly Crystal Palace Food Market, which will launch on May 11th.
“The programme for the evening will include a brief informal presentations from our wide range of active projects; the election of officers, moderated by Sue Sheehan, Lambeth green champions officer; a short presentation by a guest speaker and the launch of our new transport group'” The meeting runs from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
www.crystalpalacetransition.org.uk ; www.facebook.com/groups/118354028197684 and on Twitter: @crystalpalaceTT
MOTORSPORT TICKETS NOW ON SALE
TICKETS ARE now on sale for the annual ‘Motor Sport at the Palace’ being held in Crystal Palace Park on May 26th and 27th during the May bank holiday. Advance tickets will be priced at £8.00.
On the day, tickets are £10.00 for adults with children age 16 and under entering free but they must be accompanied by an adult.
Buses running to Crystal Palace: 3, 122, 157, 202, 227, 249, 322, 358, 363, 410, 417, 432, 450
Trains to Crystal Palace and Gipsy Hill run from: London Bridge, Victoria, East Croydon, Beckenham Junction and Bromley South,
Please check timetables for specific times.
THE GRAPE AND GRAIN pub at the top of Anerley Hill has been picked as one of the country’s top 150 local real ale pubs by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) members as part of its community pubs month which aims to help raise the profile of pubs and pub-going.
The local award winning pubs are selected by CAMRA’s local branch members, who vote for their winning pub based on customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer!
CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said: “Community pubs month is a month long celebration of the great British pub and its importance to the surrounding community. “These winning pubs have been voted the best in their local areas by the local CAMRA members and are examples of the kind of well run and valued community pubs we hope to see more of throughout the UK.”
The majority of the winning pubs will now move forward to CAMRA’s regional pub of the year competition (announced in September) with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning CAMRA’s national pub of the year (announced in February 2014).