Category Archives: Boosting local businesses

Solar independence for Crystal Palace

Happy Solar Independence Day! If we had any sizeable solar power farms in the area you’d be able to visit them today as part of a national open day organised by the Solar Trade Association.

But Crystal Palace, like most of London, isn’t making the most of the sun while it shines. Residents spend about £15 million on electricity every year in Crystal Palace, not to mention all our local businesses. Bills are rising, making life tough for both, and this money is flowing down the hill into the pockets of shareholders for the Big Six energy companies. What if we generated more energy up on this hill and kept the money circulating in our economy? Continue reading Solar independence for Crystal Palace

What’s the cost of Costa?

Costa Coffee has lodged a planning application to open a new coffee shop on Westow Street. We’ve objected, and wanted to spell out our reasons.

Some people have suggested it’s just the free market – people can vote with their wallet, and if local people want to buy coffee from Costa then it should open a café here.

But life is a bit more complicated than that. Continue reading What’s the cost of Costa?