Peckham Residents' Network

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Monthly Archives: May 2008

Subject: 29 May 6-8pm Hannah Barry Gallery private view

Here is an invitation from the Hannah Barry Gallery,
to a new exhibition on the Bussey building site in the heart of Peckham town centre.
Circulated by the Peckham Residents Network.
Please join us on
Thursday 29 May from 6 – 8 pm
to celebrate the opening of
Confessions and Love Pictures :
A Cycle of Paintings By Shaun McDowell.

At the Hannah Barry Gallery
Warehouse 9i, next to the Bussey Building
133 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15
entrance on opening night opposite Peckham Rye station/Blenheim Grove

The exhibition will run daily 3 – 7 pm until Thursday 5 June 2008.
entrance from 30 May to 5 June via 133 Copeland Road, near corner with Bournemouth Rd

We hope you will come and see the show.

For information about the Hannah Barry Gallery visit:<>
for information about the Bussey Building visit:


31st May Nunhead in aid of children in poverty

This information is from Down2Earth International about an event on 31st May in Nunhead, in aid of children in poverty, details below. Circulated by the Peckham Residents Network.
May Benefit afternoon/night in aid of children in poverty
31st May 5pm-2am
The Chapel Project, 62 Nunhead Grove,
Nunhead, London SE15 3LY

Live music
Kid’s Art/Recycling Workshop

organised by Down2Earth and Cross My Art

We’re fund-raising to meet basic needs for vulnerable children in partnership with Aashray – home away from home drop in centre for children (e.g. nutritious food, washing facilities, health checks, counselling, haircuts), dance and art/ecology workshops in a summer camp and initiating academy activities designed to provide livelihood opportunities for peer group members (young adults) such as tailoring fellowships in our new space in Kakatiyanaga community, Neredmet, India.

Further information about Down2Earth:
More detailed programme and updates available on
Details about the venue:

Please forward on to others..
Thanks and hope to see you there!
Anna Karlsson
Down2Earth International
…Sowing seeds of positive change…

dog fun day Goose Green Sat 24 May 12pm-3pm

Here is info about an enjoyable fun day on Goose Green.

But it’s also a very important educational day for dog owners to help give dogs happier lives and to reduce any nuisance they may cause to others.

Spread the word to encourage any dog owners, who may need help, to come.

If you can distribute flyers, you can get copies from the Dulwich Community Wardens 020 7525 0051

East Dulwich Road SE22

Saturday 24 May 2008 – 12pm to 3pm

Guide dogs for the blind – stall and info about guide dogs
Expert dog handler demonstrations
Micro chipping service
Freebies & treats for your dog
Local dog trainer available for advice and tips on responsible dog ownership

This event has been organised by the Dulwich Community Wardens.
To find out more contact them on 020 7525 0051

drug treatment centre above McDonalds Rye Lane

If you have an interest in Peckham town centre, and/or treatment and support for drug users, you might like to know about a planning application for use of the floors above McDonalds next to the station. See below.
Email from Bellenden Residents’ Group

Dear local resident

The Southwark Drug Action Team are currently seeking premises for their Drugs Intervention Programme – a range of treatment and counselling services that seek to tackle drug-related crime.

They have applied for planning permission for a change of use of the second and third floor offices above McDonalds at 72 Rye Lane, to use for this project as a *a non-residential Institution*.
Comments and/or objections have to be in by 5th June 2008, and sent direct to <>
The planning reference is 08/AP/1068, and the planning application details and how to comment or object can be seen on the Council website

This project represents a substantial change of use for this space above McDonalds. If it works well it will be a great benefit to the users and their families. If it does not work well it may have adverse effects on the town centre.
The Town Centre Management Group (PTCMG) which represents the traders and businesses in the town centre have sent the information to their members, and suggested that they consider a number of questions in thinking about their response to the planning application. These are copied below.
The Drug Action Team is circulating information about the programme and the project. See this below.

If you have any queries on this planning application, please let us know by clicking Reply to this email to: If we get any more useful information we will circulate it.
If you would like to seek views or advice from The Lane ward councillors, email <>
If you have any experience of this kind of centre elsewhere – how it operates, and what impact it has on the locality – please let us know. If you comment on the planning application, please CC it to us so we can build up a picture of what local residents think.
If you want to influence the result you must send your comments direct to<> with your name and address and the case number 08/AP/1068

pp Bellenden Residents’ Group

The Town Centre Management Group (PTCMG) which represents the traders and businesses in the town centre have sent the information to their members, and suggested they consider the following matters in thinking about their response the planning application:

1.The area is frequented by young people on a regular basis (McDonalds and the Cinema opposite) and it has to be questioned that with the close proximity of young people to a drugs treatment centre is there potential for conflicts?
2.The centre is right in the heart of the town centre, and very close to the train station; again will this cause conflict with commuters and the image of the area? (something we are struggling to improve at the moment)
3.Does the town centre need a drugs treatment centre, or would it be better located at the edges where there is less potential for conflict with shoppers, commuters and young people (especially when the centre is closed and people are arriving at it for medication)?
4.Will a drugs treatment centre create a potential rise in begging around the area? (I have no information concerning this from other areas and would appreciate any information provided)
5.What image does it give for Peckham if there is a drugs treatment centre in the middle of a busy town centre ?

Subject: Programme for Drug Interventions Programme service
From: <>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2008 15:05:25
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing to you, as Bellenden Residents Group, to inform you about some of our plans arising from Southwark’s Crime and Drugs Strategy as they relate specifically to the Peckham Rye area.
As part of that strategy we are currently seeking premises from which to operate the Drugs Intervention Programme – a range of treatment and counselling services that seek to tackle drug-related crime. We have now identified premises above McDonalds in Rye Lane as suitable for our purposes and have just submitted a planning application to this effect.
We are confident that this project will make a very real contribution to reducing drug use and drug-related crime in the area. However, we also recognise that the proposal may prove a little discomforting for some people not familiar with the concept and we are keen to address this. Whilst the basic details of the proposal will be circulated during the planning application process, I am attaching a more detailed briefing paper for your information [email for a copy]
I should be most grateful if you could bring this to the attention of your Residents Group members as you see fit. Should you require any further information or clarification in relation to this proposal please do not hesitate to contact me on 020 7525 3040.
Yours sincerely
Tony Lawlor
Substance Misuse CommissionerSouthwark Drug and Alcohol Action Team
9th May 2008

Sunday 11th May 11am-4pm Goose Green Dulwich Festival Fair

Next Sunday – come and visit –
the Dulwich Festival Fair
on Goose Green
Sunday 11th May 11am – 4pm

Some highlights from the vibrant and creative East Dulwich, Goose Green and Peckham Rye area:
* local craftspeople, designers, independent shops,
* food and drink from Blue Mountain Cafe and EDT,
* musical backdrop by Elusive Wax,
* donkey rides, bouncy castle, face painting, badge making for children.

A chance also to visit the stalls for:
* the new Friends of Goose Green. Do visit, and contribute to ideas for improving the children’s’ playground, and see the latest on the railings, paths and dog free area, and the beginnings of a Goose Green historical archive.
* the Peckham Residents’ Network, a local residents’ communication project. If you want to find out more about the network and local matters including Peckham town centre developments, Peckham Rye station, future south London rail services, the tram and tram depot, local planning, Peckham Vision, the Bellenden area & the BRG, and other local things … this is a chance not to miss.
If you visit, do come and say hello.