Save the Crystal Palace Triangle

Save the Crystal Palace Triangle

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Laura Card started this petition to CBRE and

The Crystal Palace Triangle is an integral part of the South East London community, but over the last few years it's unique character has started to be eroded by excessive rental increases.

If we want to continue to have an interesting high street with independent shops, and not just another cookie cutter street, we need to support our local businesses and stop aggressively greedy commercial agents like CBRE (agents for Living Water Satisfies, Bookseller Crow and many other stores on the Triangle) from increasing commercial rents to well above market rates, whilst happily leaving units to stand empty for more than 18 months until someone with deep enough pockets comes along who can afford what they're asking for.

In the latest example, it's McDonald's. I don't personally have anything against them, but a 24 hour, takeaway only fast-food restaurant brings many problems along with it. But the main problem is that if CBRE get the rent that they're asking for for the LWS store (~£70k per annum), they will continue to up the rates for other independent stores to the point that they are no longer financially viable. We have seen this with long established stores like Blue Door Bicycles closing down, and many other stalwarts of the area being told that their rents will be doubled in the near future.

With many of the businesses in the area doing brilliant work to make to keep the community going and welcoming new people into the area, it's essential that Croydon Council step up and save our triangle by rejecting McDonald's latest planning application and bringing CBRE, Berkeley Square Common Investment Fund (the land owner) and the Law Debenture Pension Trust (majority shareholder) to account for their money grabbing behaviour.

 

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