Letter: People's palace
Thursday 18 March 1999
The SRB grant will improve the area, neglected by all the councils, and offer people employment training, support for local community groups and practical help for small businesses. Development of the fenced-off, dangerous mass of rubble alongside Crystal Palace Parade will remove the seedy atmosphere and give a glass entertainment centre for South London. The building will not "dominate the skyline"; it will be invisible to most of the residents. This is not a green site; it is a mass of building foundations on a dump shamefully neglected for 60 years.
The arrogance of the 1,500 members of the Crystal Palace Campaign is breathtaking - "so much professional muscle ... and we're still not winning". There are 250,000 people in the Single Regeneration Budget area.
In its heyday the Crystal Palace was known all over the English-speaking world for its brass-band festivals, its concerts, its cage-bird shows, its educational exhibitions, its football - ordinary Victorian and Edwardian events in the pleasure park. I hope it can be used again as a leisure complex and pleasure park.
I have a vested interest because my great-grandfather was a trustee of the Crystal Palace and my family always said it was burnt down in 1936 to celebrate my arrival.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Scottish independence results live - The reunited kingdom: Scotland gives a clear 'No' in historic referendum
- 2 iOS 8 is full of shiny new features - but it's terrible news for app developers
- 3 Iranian blogger found guilty of insulting Prophet Mohammad on Facebook sentenced to death
- 4 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in new Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Downton Abbey: Liam Neeson wants to be a stableman in period drama
Best movies on Netflix UK and US: 32 films that will end your endless scrolling
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions abound
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'