From Cllr John Wentworth, Lab. Upper Norwood ward:
I certainly wouldn’t support a boycott of Sainsbury’s over this issue. The council and local community worked really hard to get Sainsbury to come to Crystal Palace when Safeways left. I think it would be disastrous for the Palace if Sainsbury’s left as a result of the boycott.
Looking at the bigger picture – do you know of anywhere else in Croydon that provides two hours free parking in a busy town centre?
I don’t know what the terms of Sainsbury’s lease are, but I would think they are within their rights to impose the two hour limit which seems perfectly reasonable to me. Surely it’s better to have a two hour free parking facility which enables the majority of shoppers sufficient time to shop.
NOTE: News From Crystal Palace understands that regeneration officers from Croydon council are in touch with Sainsburys regarding the parking situation. Further details when we get them – Ed.
VICAR’S OAK HERITAGE LEAFLET
Invisible Palace are in the final stages of putting together a heritage leaflet on the Vicar’s Oak, which stood at the top of Anerley Hill, using archived research, stories, images and illustrations.
Here’s a sneak preview of how it’s coming along.
Vicar’s Oak Path
“We learned this week that our project has been successful in securing top-up funding from the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund” say Invisible Palace. “This money will help us to deliver the designs that many of you contributed to in our 2016 workshops with designer Lou Yates.”
Invisible Palace is a local charity that develops heritage and arts projects and currently works with people based in the five boroughs that meet at Crystal Palace: Southwark, Lewisham, Bromley, Croydon and Lambeth.
Boundaries is their first project and this has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Bromley through the Crystal Palace Park Community Projects Fund. (Source: Invisible Palace)