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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Sat 6 Dec – Copleston Centre Christmas Fair

The Copleston Centre Christmas Fair
will be on
Saturday 6 December
Cakes, books, cards, raffle,
Christmas goods, bric-a-brac,
massage, light refreshments,
etc. All proceeds will go to
the Copleston Centre.

All very welcome. Please pass on the message.

The Copleston Centre offers
an asylum seekers’ project, mental health project,
free counselling service, pilates, yoga, tai chi, gentle
exercise, a literature group, a music group, parent
and toddlers group, dance for children, as well as an
Anglican/United Reform Church and an
Emmanuel Christian Fellowship Church.


loss of East Croydon-London Bridge service

Email from Southwark Rail Users Group (SRUG)
Do you use rail services to London Bridge or services to East Croydon from our local stations? Do you know that the East Croydon to London Bridge two trains an hour service, which goes through East Dulwich, Peckham Rye, Queens Rd, and North Dulwich stations, is being cut in December? This cuts our local link to East Croydon and Gatwick, and cuts two trains an hour to London Bridge. If this affects you, whichever constituency you are in, please respond to Tessa Jowell’s on-line survey – see below. If you live in Camberwell & Peckham constituency you could also usefully email Harriet Harman MP

Southwark Rail Users Group (SRUG) covers rail routes and stations serving Peckham Rye, Nunhead, South Bermondsey, Queens Road, Denmark Hill, East Dulwich, North Dulwich.
I hope you do not mind me sending you this email but it is about an issue that I know is of importance to many people living in my constituency.
I am concerned that a new rail timetable that commences on 14 December will remove two trains per hour from the off-peak timetable on the service running to London Bridge through Gipsy Hill, West Norwood, Tulse Hill, North Dulwich and East Dulwich.

I opposed these changes with Southern Rail and the Department for Transport but, surprisingly, a passenger representative group supported them and they will now go ahead. The new timetable provides four off-peak trains to and from London Bridge every hour instead of the current six. The trains to be removed are the ones that run every half hour from London Bridge to/from Smitham via East Croydon. The peak service is unaffected.

I want to hear your views about how these changes will affect you. Please take a few minutes to complete my survey by clicking on the link below or by pasting it into your browser:

You can be assured that I will use your response to support local rail users in getting the best possible service when timetables are being revised.
With best wishes,
Tessa Jowell
(Member of Parliament for Dulwich & West Norwood)

Have Your Say on Policing in London

See below an email from the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) asking the public if they will fill in an on-line short questionnaire giving their views on policing priorities. The completed questionnaire needs to be submitted by 1st December.

Email from MPA:

Have Your Say on Policing in London

The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) is consulting on London’s policing priorities for 2010/11. We are interested in your opinion.

Please take part in a short questionnaire to tell us your views. To complete a questionnaire click here. Questionnaires need to submitted by 1st December 2008. We look forward to hearing your views on policing in London.

Are the police focusing on areas that are important to you? The MPS (Metropolitan Police Service) policing priorities are reviewed every year. We hope the short online questionnaire will help you to tell us what you think:
* What are your top three priorities for policing in London?
* Why do you choose these priorities?
* What should the MPS be doing to tackle these priorities?

The current policing priorities can be found on the MPA website within the Policing London business plan. Please take part and have your say on policing in London. Thanks for taking part in the survey.

Sat 29th November, St John’s Christmas Fayre

St John’s Christmas Fayre
Saturday, 29th November
11am – 3pm
in the Goose Green Centre,
East Dulwich Road

Cakes and Home-made Produce,
Christmas Cards, Gifts, Books, Raffle,
Face-painting, Bric-a-brac,
Refreshments and Hot Food.
Also featuring children’s entertainer Mike Paul, magic, music and puppets.

All Welcome

Hannah Barry Gallery

Here is a chance to visit the successful innovative art gallery in the emerging Copeland Cultural Quarter see
From the Hannah Barry Gallery:
Invitation to our latest and final exhibition this year, opening tomorrow evening. The artist we are showing is truly extraordinary.
With best regards
Please join us at the gallery on Thursday of this week – 20 November – from 6 – 9 pm to celebrate the opening of TO COMPLETE MY EDUCATION, thirty paintings by Nathan Cash Davidson, our 18th and final exhibition of this year. The exhibition runs in Peckham until 11 December and is open daily 12 – 6 pm.
We hope you can be with us on Thursday. Directions to the gallery

Hannah Barry Gallery
Unit 9i
Copeland Industrial Park
133 Copeland Road
London SE15 3SN
Tel: +44 7850 639 570

rail services 17 Nov reminder

Date: Monday 17th November 6.30pm – 8.30pm.
Venue: Bussey building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15, opposite Blenheim Grove
Topic: Local Rail Services.
Exhibition & refreshments from 6pm
Please let us know if you are coming, if you haven’t replied yet.

You will be especially interested in this meeting if you:
* use the services to London Bridge or East Croydon – a protest is growing against Southern Rail’s decision to cut the service next month.
* use the Loop Line from Denmark Hill to London Bridge or from Queens Rd Peckham to Victoria. Network Rail will be explaining why the decision to cut the link was made. We may be able to challenge some of the assumptions.
* are keen to get the East London Line link to Clapham Junction agreed – there will be a report from TfL on progress.
* want services to Victoria improved from Nunhead, Peckham Rye and Denmark Hill – possibly good news on this.
* think the stations need improving in some way – the train companies responsible will be present.

RLSAG (Rye Lane & Station Action Group) October 08 minutes

The minutes of the 22nd October 2008 Rye Lane & Station Action Group (RLSAG) meeting are attached for information.

This was the 10th RLSAG meeting on the Group’s 4th anniversary. It was very well attended by residents with nearly 50 present, and also other stakeholders – Network Rail, Southern Rail, and the Council. The rail companies reported on current improvements to the railway infrastructure in and around the station and tracks, and the Council presented a report on how to achieve the transformation of the station area including the new piazza. Peckham Vision and The Peckham Society presented ideas on how those very welcome developments would fit into the vision of a transformed central Rye Lane, including the emerging Copeland Cultural Quarter on the site designated for the tram depot. The Council explained that the forthcoming consultations on the Peckham Area Action Plan (PAAP) provided the context for considering all these ideas. The positive ideas were welcomed by the meeting as realistic ways of transforming the town centre. The obstacles were acknowledged, but also that there was willingness of the Council and community to work together to overcome them.

If you are coming to the Southwark Rail Users Group meeting on Monday 17th November, you might find it useful to read these minutes before that meeting, as they include reports on current improvements at Peckham Rye station.

design & conservation in town centre Wed 19 Nov 6.30pm

An invitation from The Peckham Society to a meeting Wednesday 19th November 6.30pm, details below.
A chance to learn about and discuss the council’s new Peckham Area Action Plan and the Peckham Society’s campaign for better design standards and the conservation of central Peckham’s best historic and 20th century buildings:
– a presentation from Southwark’s planning policy officers about their vision for Peckham’s future development.
– an illustrated talk from the Peckham Society about the aspiration for high design standards for new developments, and the sensitive re-use of the wealth of handsome historic buildings on the High Street and Rye Lane.
– an opportunity to air your views and hopes for the future of our town centre!

Meet at the Bussey building, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 (opposite Blenheim Grove)
Exhibition 6pm

Sat 22 Nov community conference: Peckham Power Company Launch Event

You are invited to the free community conference to launch local residents’ own power (energy) company. Sat 22 Nov afternoon.
Further information below and from:    
020 7617 7650      
240 Bellenden Road SE15 4BY
We are a group of local residents holding a free community conference on
Saturday 22nd November 2008, 2pm until 5pm
at the “St. John with St. Andrew Anglican Church”
10a Meeting House Lane, Peckham SE15 2UN

Free warm lunch available from 1pm  – 2pm 
All welcome

The conference will share information about
* retrofitting efficiency measures
•solar thermal
•electricity from solar panels
And give you the opportunity to join the Peckham Power Company and to shape its future.

Please register (for free)    
When you register, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.

For more info or to be kept up to date about future developments, please see, phone 020 7617 7650 or email

Launch event generously supported by Southwark Council

Peckham Power Company is run by and for local residents in Peckham and Nunhead. We exist to help people – no matter what their income – to generate and to use energy sustainably. We also aim to provide advice and skills to people who want to install, maintain and develop local energy generation and efficiency measures. Anyone can join the company, as we want to run it as a cooperative enterprise.

Being driven by the community is an essential aim of the Peckham Power Company. The community conference on the 22nd November will be a platform for learning about the available technologies, discussing which are most appropriate for the locale and then forming working groups to make the ideas happen!

We need you to join us to make it happen. So if any of the energy generating ideas interest you then join us and take part in making it happen. If you’re interested in people and how they work together then join us and help set up a locally run, democratic company. Or if you are interested in investing some of your hard earned cash then join us to help set up accessible financial models of generating energy.

There are countless opportunities for generating and using energy sustainably in Peckham: let’s get to work!

Waste recycling planning application

Dear local resident

You will be interested in this if you live near the Old Kent Road or on roads leading through surrounding neighbourhoods to the Old Kent Road.
See information below from residents who live near the proposed waste recycling plant to be located on or adjacent to the gas works site on the Old Kent Road. They draw attention to what they say will be harmful affects for their neighbourhood and that the deadline for comments and objections to the planning application is 7th November 2008.

OBJECTIONS/COMMENTS should be emailed:
quoting: Ref Applications: 08/AP/2209 and 08-CO-0076.
CC: Harriet Harman:, Simon Hughes:

FURTHER INFORMATION FROM THE COUNCIL from : Helen Goulden Planning Department , phone 020 7525-5349
quoting: Ref Applications: 08/AP/2209 and 08-CO-0076.

* Planning application details: <

* A very long list of supporting documents: <


Email from residents at the old school on Gervase St and Asylum Rd, SE15.
For nearly 3 years, Southwark Council have been planning to build a huge waste management facility near our homes. Recently, they published their plans and we have realised the massive impact they will have on all of us. The Council’s own proposals tell us that they include:

On Old Kent Road:
* Removing the bus stops near ‘Toys ‘R’ Us’
* Removing a pedestrian crossing and narrowing the pavements near the site – increasing the risks to pedestrians (including children to and from school)
* Up to 1200 extra vehicles on surrounding roads every day – that’s 1 a minute!
* Even longer delays to bus journeys, and further to walk to the bus-stop

On Asylum Road:
* One of the main access roads to the site
* Noisy lorries using Asylum Road from 6am, 7 days a week
* Probable removal of all car parking on Asylum Road.
* Congestion – at least 15 cars queuing to use the junction with Old Kent Road.
* Greater than 90% traffic saturation on Asylum road.
* Risk of subsidence to properties along Asylum Road.
* Diversion of traffic from nearby roads (alteration to Commercial Way access)

* traffic congestion and extra vehicle noise and fumes pollution
* Industrial site pollution (Noise, Bio-aerosol/particle – SMELLS and GERMS)
* Danger to pedestrians and road users, car parking spaces removed
* Potential health risks of the site on local residents/workers/school children
* Negative effect on house prices


Further information from us at:

The Industrial Site will be run by a commercial company VEOLIA whose aim will be to make as much profit as possible and obviously increase its workload which will have drastic consequences for us all residents.