MEP and party leader visit Crystal Palace Park

Jean Lambert MEP and Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, visited Crystal Palace today to look at the park, traffic pollution and the Upper Norwood Library.

We were joined by some local campaigners, and talked Jean and Natalie through the plans to build on the hill top.

In a press release she put out later that day, Jean said:

“The plans for building on the hill top, from what we know, show a complete insensitivity to the history and heritage of this public parkland.

“They would destroy the tree lined layout of the old Crystal Palace, create more polluting traffic, and spoil an iconic green space for the people in the surrounding boroughs.

“Instead of protecting parks and fighting London’s air pollution, Boris wants to bulldoze over our green spaces and sell off our public land for private profit.

“Local communities haven’t been properly consulted over these plans and they fail to even consider the real needs of the area.

“These proposals drive a sledgehammer through the heritage of crystal palace, and destroy an important breathing space of the city.

“Parks are for people, not profit.”