Can you help save a unique feature of Crystal Palace Park — its radio controlled car track?
You might be surprised to learn that the park has such a facility. Have to admit, I'd never noticed it before, despite being reasonably familiar with the park. Yet it is a popular spot among RC car racers, with a thriving club. You'll find it right next to the sports centre:
Sadly, the RC circuit is threatened by plans to rejuvenate this part of the park. The club has been told that this will be the final year it can operate. Meanwhile, plans released by Bromley Council show the track replaced with five-a-side pitches.
A petition has now been launched in opposition to the plans. At the time of writing, it's received more than 2,200 signatures.
The loss of the track would not only be a blow to RC enthusiasts, but would also represent the erasure of park history. The pint-sized circuit was built in the mid-1970s on land that was once the start/finish line of Crystal Palace's famous motor racing circuit (also notable as the site of the "bloody doors off" scene in the original Italian Job). The RC circuit is a tangible reminder of the 100-year history of racing in the park. You can see it in action in this YouTube clip:
It is thought to be the oldest RC track in the country, and is unique within the M25.
Petition starter Joe Hazell says: “The proposed regeneration plan threatens to replace this beloved track with a football pitch. While we understand and appreciate efforts to modernize our park, it is crucial not to erase parts of its history that hold such sentimental value for many residents like myself.”
Sign the petition here, to help preserve this cultural gem for future generations.