A ‘BRAINSTORMING’ SESSION at the end of Crystal Palace Transition Town’s annual meeting (see separate story) – where people were asked for their ideas – produced a wide range of suggestions.
- A local volunteer database – with a website listing where volunteers are needed
- Using the long meadow at the bottom of Gipsy Hill to create something – but with the dog walkers still using it
- A community radio station
- A parish council which could help local authorities deliver one of the things they are supposed to be delivering: shared services.
- Exploring energy resources such as ground source heat pumps
- Guerilla gardening – growing flowers. Crystal Palace in Bloom?
- Community farm – livestock and vegetables
- Social housing scheme in the area to keep rents at affordable levels
- Outings for the elderly
- Tree planting especially street trees
- Getting schools involved in gardening projects
- Transition Town choir
- Bee meadows
- a garden near Selhurst Park – and try and get Crystal Palace FC involved more with Crystal Palace TT
- A local walking map
- Information centre – in a pop-up shop?
- eating insects – “apparently crushed crickets are extremely delicious”
And also: Getting people to pass on their skills – dressmaking; jam making; use the subway underneath Crystal Palace Parade as a cafe, gallery or for entertainment; One-day bike hire; creating a skills database;
Where to advertise events to get a wider audience; summer projects as some organisations did not rune vents during the summer; clean up Anerley Hill; cleaning up litter; painting; get more teenagers involved in TT…
…comedy nights; music event so people can find out what’s going on; educating on recycling and water use; having a knowledgeable energy person at the market; painting some buildings that ‘look a little bit scruffy’…
…a Crystal Palace Democratic Peoples Republic…and CPIP rather than UKIP
PEOPLE were also asked what they would do with 100 people. Ideas included: 100 PEOPLE going into schools and teaching children how to cook properly; taking over the top terraces in Crystal Palace park and creating an orchard; visiting elderly people and giving them advice about draughtproofing – people might not know they can get grants or have to fill in forms; and 100 volunteers in Crystal Palace park to get it “really up to something….”