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Peckham Vision News email September 2014

In spite of the summer holidays, there’s quite a bit of news – including the Peckham CoDesign process, and two new campaigns in the town centre: Protect Peckham rooftop views, and Bring back the Lido. So apologies for the amount of information, but hope you find it useful.

SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER: annual summer fete at Peckham Rye Common (near the Cafe), from noon to 5pm. This is one of the most enjoyable local community events – a traditional village fete with dog show, children’s games, fancy dress parade, Punch and Judy show, tea tent, pimms beer and cider tent, great food and stalls. Peckham Vision’s stall will be present as usual, with info about a variety of town centre issues and developments, plus this year a special drop-in discussion tent about how the Peckham CoDesign process is working, and about the local campaigns and more… Come & catch up on all the happenings, discuss them with other locals, and see how you can get involved.

During the summer each year, many thousands of people flock to Peckham town centre to enjoy the open spaces that have been created on the roofs of iconic buildings by Frank’s Café, Bold Tendencies and the Bussey Building, bringing a new buzz and opportunities for economic activities to the town centre. The view over London is a major draw.  But that view may be threatened if a proposed 20-storey block is built on the nearby Aylesham Centre/Morrison’s site. The campaign asks the Council to put on hold any plans for this until the future of the multi-storey car park, where Frank’s Café and Bold Tendencies operate, has been reviewed as the Government Planning Inspector recommended very recently.
* See Peckham rooftop views here:
* See Planning background here:

The CoDesign process was officially launched on the roof of the multi storey car park on 20th August: The focus is the design of the station square and how that fits in the area around the station, both the Network Rail land and buildings beside and behind the station, and also the central area of Rye Lane which would be significantly affected by any changes close to the station. There will be an intensive 8 week programme of events and activities to gather ideas, suggestions and comments from local people. So to make your contribution, in time by mid October, please study the information below on how to get involved, and see which is best for you. Don’t miss the chance to contribute. Spread the information to your friends and neighbours, and
your local networks, so that as many local people as possible get to know about it in time.

At the time of writing, the ways to keep in touch, and to get involved and to put your questions, your ideas and your comments, are listed below. Changes to these arrangements should be posted on the CoDesign Shop windows as well as on their website, so keep checking:

* CoDesign SHOP drop-in, at Peckham Rye station entrance, will be open each week:
– Wednesday 9:30am-7pm; followed by Events/Workshop usually 7-10pm.
– Friday 7:30am-4pm; followed by Events/Workshop usually 4-7pm.
– Saturday 10am-5pm

* Events programme:
Weekly events will be advertised in the CoDesign SHOP windows. The times above may change later in the process to help reach a different audience. For the list of the first week’s events 3-6 September, see here:

* Weekly workshops
– Weekday ‘Treasure Hunts’ exploring the neighbourhood of Rye Lane: This is a series of 8 workshops from 3rd September to 18th October on different days each week in late afternoon or evening. See dates and topics:
– Saturday half day workshops on a variety of topics, in the morning and the afternoons. See here for the topics (click on each date):

* Enter on the CommonPlace MAP your comments and suggestions for specific locations: This is a useful way to identify and clarify your comments. You might find it useful to keep a copy of the comments you enter on the map, to bring them together at some point.

* Register as a CoDesigner:
* Get on to their mailing list: email –

* You can also email your ideas and suggestions to the CoDesign team at any time during this 8 week period, and ask for them to be incorporated. Email:

* Join the Editorial team for the weekly News, and encourage young people to volunteer also:

* Follow on Facebook:
* Follow on twitter:
* Keep tabs on developing news –

Information overview, and background, can be seen on Peckham Vision’s website here:

The Public Hearings into alterations to the London Plan, are at City Hall from 1 – 19 September. Peckham Vision will be appearing on two dates:
Tues 9 Sep 9.30-1pm & 2- 6pm Employment
Thurs 11 Sep 9.30-1pm Retailing, town centres
Peckham Vision’s submission is here: It tells the story of the planning issues around Peckham Rye station, as an example of London’s local micro economies which can be damaged by the London Plan redevelopment approach. This is a tendency to assume demolition and new build, instead of restoration and re-use supporting the local economy’s organic self- regeneration and growth. If you have any time on 9th or 11th to drop in, your support would be welcomed. It is likely to be usefully illuminating, for anyone who attends, about the way London is governed and managed.

Following the presentation of the model at the 23rd July event in the CLF Art Cafe, see, the model building sessions will resume in September. This is a great and enjoyable experience. The sessions are open to anyone interested in taking part – no prior experience is essential, but experience also welcomed. Email for further information.

There is a campaign to bring back the lido that used to be on the small triangle of Peckham Rye Common just north of East Dulwich Road. It was opened in 1923 and closed in 1987. “Peckham Lido should re-open, there is nothing quite like the feeling of swimming in the open air, come wind, rain or shine.” Sign the petition here:

* Remember The Old Folk – film from 60 years ago featuring the pensioners of Peckham. Great footage of Rye Lane & Peckham High St. (2.5 minutes)

* from 1970 about life at Peckham Park school in late Victorian times (19 minutes)

News is posted on Peckham Vision Facebook pages, blog, tweets and website as it happens. For a round up of the last month have a look at:
* Facebook –
* Blog –
* Tweets –

* news on Station Gateway development & the CoDesign process:
– Peckham Vision website:
– Spectacle Blog:

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