We fully support the campaign to get Lambeth and Croydon Councils to fund the Upper Norwood library properly. Community trusts can bring energy and innovation to libraries, but they need the backing of councils to ensure they can provide a full, professional service. In this blog, local member Rachel sets out her reasons for supporting the library. Continue reading Help save Upper Norwood Library from cuts
We have sent in our response to the latest bungled consultation on the latest ill-conceived plans for Crystal Palace Park, part of a number of disjointed projects that the GLA is pushing in our local area. Continue reading Our response to the NSC consultation
The GLA, which owns a long lease on the National Sports Centre, has issued a new consultation on its future. One of our London Assembly Members has welcomed the consultation, but written to the Mayor asking for the residents to be given more information about the plans. Continue reading Have your say on the future of the National Sports Centre
While we were waiting for the consultation on the £2.4 million to improve the park (which has now been announced), we have been looking at Bromley Council’s budgets, and obtained some detail on the finances of Crystal Palace Park using a Freedom of Information request. Funding for the park’s maintenance and improvement is one part of the puzzle when we look at the ZhongRong Group’s proposal to build a commercial development on the hill top, because one of their sweeteners is a promise to put a significant amount of money into revamping the rest of the park.
So what have the park’s finances looked like in recent years? Continue reading Paying for Crystal Palace Park
Funding cuts and cross-borough quarrels have left Upper Norwood library closed three days a week, with the loss of five members of staff. We don’t think anyone should be left without a library within walking or cycling distance. Continue reading A future for our libraries