Recovering from the pandemic
June 2020

The process of recovering from the pandemic has started, with more businesses opening up here in Crystal Palace and throughout the country. More than ever, the value of our local communities has been demonstrated over the past few weeks. Now is the time to start looking forward, and to build on the community spirit to make Crystal Palace an even better place to live in the future. Here are a couple of examples.

The Paxton Centre in Anerley Hill, much-loved local cafe and entertainment venue, and scene of recent CPCA meetings, is re-opening for takeaway drinks and light bites at the door, sales of cards and prints in the shop, and some limited hot-desking space.

The Crystal Palace Park Trust, which is expecting to take over responsibility for events in the park from Bromley Council in 2021, has published a draft policy setting out the type and scale of events that it has in mind. Details can be found at

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The Moor on Crystal Palace Terrace. Now we all know what it feels like to be isolated.

New book celebrates CPCA fiftieth birthday
December 2019

The CPCA is 50 years old! We were established at a public meeting at St Aubyns Church Hall in January 1970. Now, to commemorate the occasion, we have published THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR TRIANGLE, a beautifully illustrated hard cover book featuring full colour reproductions of the posters designed by Audrey Hammond and Ian Hempstead to advertise CPCA events in the early days. The posters convey vividly the moment at the beginning of the 1970s when the CPCA came into being and its energy and enthusiasm. Not only a fascinating souvenir, but the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in our vibrant and lively neighbourhood!

The Amazing Technicolour Triangle

Click on the link below to order a copy of THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR TRIANGLE for immediate dispatch.

McDonalds 'food factory' for Westow Street
August 2019

McDonalds have applied for permission to change use of the old Living Water Satisfies cafe in Westow Street from A3 (food and drink) to A5 (hot food and takeaway). Plans for the new business are detailed in their application, available on the Croydon Council website. The proposed operation will be a 7 day per week, 24 hour per day takeaway, not a restaurant. There will be no customer seating and no customer toilets. Unsurprisingly, the business has been described as a food factory.

Local residents are seriously concerned about the impact on traffic, pedestrian safety, noise levels, and other businesses in the area. Croydon Council is due to make a decision about McDonalds application by 25 September.

New buildings for college in Park
Summer 2019

Capel Manor College, which runs the Farm in Crystal Palace Park and has classrooms in the Jubilee Stand, is launching a consultation on its improvement plans. The college wants to build new teaching facilities next to Crystal Palace museum in Anerley Hill, and to revive and improve the farm buildings.

Read our latest newsletter for the details, and come along to our next Open Meeting on 19 September to hear about what's happening locally. Click here or on the cover to view.

CPCA Summer 2019 Newsletter
CPCA Summer 2019 Newsletter

Battle over super size Queens HOtel
Winter 2018/19

A public inquiry is under way into expansion plans for the Queens Hotel in Church Road. The CPCA has opposed the hotel's plans because of the scale of the development and the traffic impact.

Read our latest newsletter for the details, and come along to our next Open Meeting on 4 April (re-arranged from 28 March) to hear about what's happening locally. Click here or on the cover to view.

CPCA Winter 2018/19 Newsletter
CPCA Winter 2018/19 Newsletter

CPCA Open Meeting to discuss Park plans
Autumn 2018/

The CPCA is holding an Open Meeting at the Paxton Centre, Anerley Hill, at 7:30 pm on 11 October to discuss current developments, including Bromley Council's plans for Crystal Palace Park.

The CPCA's latest newsletter has all the details. Click here or on the cover to view (2 pages).

CPCA Autumn 2018 Newsletter
CPCA Autumn 2018 Newsletter

Crunch time for Crystal Palace Park
Summer 2018

Bromley Council is preparing plans that will change the face of Crystal Palace Park. There is much to welcome in the latest proposals, but the use of parts of the Park for new homes is controversial. And the Council's business model for the Park assumes that running costs will be offset by money coming in from events and other sources - but is this realistic?

The CPCA's latest newsletter invites residents to contribute to our response to the plans. Click here or on the cover to view (2 pages).

CPCA Summer 2018 Newsletter
CPCA Summer 2018 Newsletter

Older news

CPCA legal challenge over Park housing  Posted - February 2012

The Crystal Palace Community Association is challenging the decision of the Secretary of State to approve sale of protected public parkland for construction of luxury apartments, under London Development Agency Masterplan proposal for Crystal Palace Park.

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CPCA responds to Bromley's 'Core Strategy' consultation  Posted - December 2011

The London Borough of Bromley has begun the process of producing their 'Core Strategy' document for the Borough. This document will help determine the long-term planning strategy for the Borough and its conclusions will be incorporated into their Local Development Framework (LDF) - a replacement for the current Unitary Development Plan (UDP).

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Upper Norwood Library faces closure and sale after Croydon withdraw funding  Posted - November 2011

The unilateral decision by Croydon Council to 'terminate' the Upper Norwood Library Joint Agreement was, according to Croydon, the direct consequence of '...fundamental breach of the agreement by Lambeth Council'. Such breach, according to Croydon, was the refusal by Lambeth Council 'to attend the last Annual General Meeting and failing to co-operate at the 2010 meeting.'

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Re-run AGM farce as Croydon refuses to honour Joint Library Agreement  Posted - September 2011

Croydon Council's continuing failure to meet the terms of their partnership agreement with Lambeth Council, caused yet another meeting of The Upper Norwood Joint Library Committee to be abandoned last Thursday, the 15 September, when more than seventy people attended the Library Annual General Meeting, where the future of the 111-year old Library was to be considered.

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CPCA to challenge Secretary of State's approval for 180 luxury flats in Crystal Palace Park  Posted - January 2011

Following the Secretary of State's Formal Decision to grant planning permission to the LDA Masterplan application for Crystal Palace Park, the CPCA have been advised that there are powerful legal grounds to challenge this in the High Court. It is currently preparing evidence and other material to tight deadlines and urgently considering the matter of costs.

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