Peckham Residents' Network

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Monthly Archives: November 2013

business mentors for local young people

From Peckham Vision Facebook:  Message from The Next Big Thing (  We are looking for local business people and entrepreneurs from organisations of all sizes to help mentor local young people in two Schools in Peckham and East Dulwich. Next Big Thing is a fantastic enterprise development competition for young people running from January – March 2014.  This is a great opportunity to give something back and utilise your skills and experience to help local young people. Full training and support is provided. Check out this video of the final: See more below. Please contact for more information.   Read more of this post


Station Gateway consultation 30 Nov – points to think about

Message from Peckham Vision –  –  by email: This is a reminder of the Network Rail consultation on Saturday 30 November 11am – 3pm in the Old Waiting Room off platform 3 in Peckham Rye Station. The deadline for comments is 6th December. This is a once only chance to see and comment on what the newly commissioned Network Rail architects have to say about the way they will approach developing the planning application for the Network Rail buildings around Peckham Rye station. They promise a further event in January but this coming Saturday is the event to comment on the basic concepts about land use and buildings.
At the exhibition on Saturday it will be important to clarify and give views on:
*  what parts if any of the ‘preferred option’ will be used to develop the scheme for the planning application; see Notes below and the plan here: ;
* what height might any new buildings be and what would be their impact  on the adjacent streets, especially Blenheim Grove and Holly Grove, with the effect on their light and space;
* whether the site is appropriate for new additional housing along Blenheim Grove;
* whether the extent of the redevelopment is necessary to achieve the improvements needed;
* what effect such wholesale redevelopment would have on the small creative and leisure businesses taking root in the buildings on the site, and on the emergence of that new strand of local economic & social activity.

Sat 30 Nov 2013 Network Rail consultation – Peckham Rye Station Gateway project

Message from Peckham Vision  by email – Please note this recent news about an important Network Rail official consultation on long awaited information about the new station square and related developments:
* Venue: Old Waiting Room, Peckham Rye station
* Times: 11am-3pm. More info:
* Information drop-in to hear the latest info & give your views.

Sat 30th Nov 11am-3pm Station Gateway project

From Peckham Vision Facebook: At the Community Council meeting on Monday, Network Rail will be reporting on their plans for the Gateway project ie a development of the buildings around the station building. Please come if you can. So far the information that has been released about the Gateway project has raised a number of significant local concerns. Two Peckham Vision papers on this summarise some of the issues to think about and can be seen here: Network Rail have just announced a consultation meeting on Sat 30 November 11am-3pm in the Old Waiting Room at the station (the one partially restored by Peckham Vision over the last few years). This is a very rushed affair with just a week to give responses. It is a key meeting to go to give any views. See here for more info on that: We will be posting more info later.

Mon 25 Nov 7pm Community Council – Town Centre issues

From Peckham Vision Facebook: Calling all those with an interest in the success of Peckham town centre – developments around the station including new station square, historic buildings, state of the streets, improved trading, helping creative enterprises and small businesses. If you have any concerns, or queries or have suggestions to make, this is a rare and important chance to find out what is happening and to give your views. Come to the Peckham Community Council meeting next MONDAY 25th NOVEMBER 7pm at Harris Academy Peckham, 112 Peckham Road, London SE15 5DZ   Please come to this important meeting: more info –

Peckham’s organic development

From Peckham Vision Facebook: Peckham Vision was invited to the launch of Team London Bridge’s Creative Network held 13th November 2013 at the Fashion Textile Museum in Bermondsey St ( We were glad to contribute by sharing Peckham’s story. Eileen Conn gave a visual tour with photos of the wide variety of artistic and cultural activities now produced by local creative enterprises on the development sites and in the adaptable buildings in the central Rye Lane area – Copeland Park site, Bussey building, Blenheim Grove & adjoining arches, the multi-storey car park, and in Holly Grove & Elm Grove. She told the story of the last 10 years of the community action led by Peckham Vision which had highlighted and publicised the potential of sites and buildings threatened with demolition, and their subsequent use by the creative industries which further supported the community campaigns. This blend of Peckham community action and creative enterprises has led to organic regeneration. A key lesson from this Peckham experience is the need to nurture adaptable, lower cost permanent spaces for organic development.

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Wed 20 November 2013 Hannah Barry Gallery 4 Holly Grove

A few years ago Peckham Vision and local Holly Grove residents resisted attempts to turn the building at 4 Holly Grove, next to the station and behind Iceland’s, into a meat factory. The proposed use was not compatible with the residential area and was also not a good use in the light of the early plans for the new station square. That community action has enabled the right kind of use for the space and the location to come to reality. The HannahBarryGallery is opening its new exhibition space there on Wednesday 20th November at 6pm. See further information below. Read more of this post