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Therefore – given that local infrastructure investment to support exponential increase of people and cars is highly unlikely and near impossible to achieve the only solution will be to force people to consider whether they really use their cars – I appreciate a lot have very valid reasons for doing so but a lot don’t and are just plain lazy. We're also loving seeing new businesses arriving in the Triangle too. The Crystal Palace Market is an innovative culinary concept that genuinely believes in healthy, fresh and flavoursome food. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! For now the schemes are a trial and will be reviewed in the autumn. Cycling is fine –if you have a bike, have somewhere to store it at ground level, (a huge issue for people in even low rise flats) and don’t need to do over a two-panniers’ worth of shopping, don’t have children or a dog needing to be moved safely from A to B, and-in the case of anywhere in Crystal Palace, have the leg muscles, and non-dodgy knees, that are needed for anyone trying to cycle up the massive hills of the Norwood Mountain. It was undoubtedly, a nasty, polluted canyon, with 2 way traffic, but it had the advantage of letting North-East to South West traffic (and vice versa) to pass by the shopping area of the Triangle. Also, the wider pollution of generating electricity from fossil fuels will reduce or even disappear as a result of solar and wind power. The air would be also indeed be fresher, if we reduced car use, but as all vehicles turn electric, many of the objections to cars will go, in terms of local street air pollution from exhaust pipes. The response from those living on those roads have mostly be favourable, those stuck in the slowed traffic on the main roads, as they have taken on the vehicles which would usually use rat runs, have been less complimentary. In fact, it would do their health some good to walk up those hills, and breathe the fresh air of the Norwood heights. Planters like these have been used to close roads in Upper Norwood from today, A Katharine Street source said, “Coronavirus has presented us with an opportunity to change people’s habits for the better, to create safer, less-polluted and calmer streets. The latest chasm between the party line and what people really think was exposed last week by councillor Pat Ryan, who broke the usual omerta required of the Labour group on all matters of public policy when he criticised the road closures saying that the area will be “decimated” (yes, he misused that word), and claiming, “Crystal Palace will lose its identity and character.”. The road closures introduced today all affect side roads that link the major roads at Church Road and Auckland Road: According to the council’s official press release: “The measures will involve temporarily turning the streets into cul-de-sacs for through vehicles with signs on alternative routes available.”. “I support the objectives behind this, but can’t see how this won’t badly affect some Bromley residents, drivers or not!” was the comment tweeted by Angela Wilkins, the leader of the opposition Labour group on Bromley Council, in reaction to Croydon’s proposals. We have declared a climate emergency – Pat voted for it a year ago. Concerns have been expressed that the popular Crystal Palace Triangle will be “decimated” by increased traffic. 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