Peckham Town Centre Forum/meetings
7th April 2011
- meeting notes
PTCForum held a liaison meeting, in the meeting room at McDonalds on Rye Lane, on 7th April to follow up the very successful seminar on the local economy on 17th March. This liaison meeting brought together several council officers, police and businesses to exchange news and ideas about the problems and potential for the town centre. Each of the council officers was responsible for a different aspect of managing an important aspect of the town centre, and the police were responsible for the Police Safer Town Centre Team. A major problem now is that since the abolition of the Council's Peckham Programme team in 2009, there is no one place in the Council that brings all these different working responsibilities together to encourage joined up working, and also for effective liaison with the businesses and enterprises in the town centre. The successful liaison with the planning policy department on future planning policy under the banner 'Peckham Future' over the last two years, needs to be complemented by proactive working together between the enterprises, the police and the Council under the banner 'Peckham Now!'. The PTCForum would approach the Council to seek their agreement to this.
19th February, 17th & 31st March 2011
These very sucessful events were jointly organised by the Council Planning Policy team and the PTC Forum, arising from our discussions in the Peckham Town Centre Forum, in relation to the town centre and the PNAAP. For further information on these events see also Peckham Residents' Network blog
Thursday 17th March 5.00pm for 5.30pm-8.00pm : Local Economy Seminar in the Bussey building.
Over 50 people attended creating very lively group discussions - a mix of local residents, local businesses, architecture students, and council officers from several different departments. This was followed up by the liaison meeting for further actions held later on 7th April.
Thursday 31st March 6.30pm : Historic Architecture of Peckham' in the restored Old Waiting Room.
- news report on the event [link to SLP article]
Standing room only in the Old Waiting Room when over 120 people crowded in to listen to fascinating talks from the experts, including English Heritage, on the history of buildings in Peckham town centre, and how much is at risk of demoliton. This is why it is essential to press ahead as soon as possible with a Conservation Area. The other powerful reason was demonstrated fully at the meeting by the inspirational venue at the Old Waiting Room, created by local residents through the Peckham Society and Peckham Vision in restoring it with Council CGS small grant support. The commercial and social life of the town centre could be transformed with a determined effort to integrate in their full beauty the historic budlings into modern uses and developments.
Saturday 19th February 12pm - 3pm : Sustainable Peckham - a neighbourhood event at the Peckham Settlement
This 3 hour event had a steady stream of local residents visiting to learn and discuss the way Peckham can become sustainable in the 21st century. Local groups - Growing Southwark, Peckham Power, Peckham Vision, Transition Town Peckham, Peckham Society, Living Streets, Peckham Settlement - joined with Council officers from Planning, Traffic, and Regeneration to offer information, advice and discussion.
The Council also held a neighbourhood event on the PNAAP in Nunhead on 19th March.
27th & 30th November 2010
Following the successful walkabout and Town Centre Forum meeting on 23rd October, the Council organised in the Bussey building two preview events - Sat 27 November & Tues 30 November - of the Preferred Options of the PNAAP to give the public a chance to give some early feedback. These were excellent chances to make a contribution and become better informed about the revitalisation of Peckham town centre.
The Council had said: "These will be informal sessions. People may come for part of the time if they wish. There will be displays and information on the key emerging preferred options for the Peckham and Nunhead area action plan (PNAAP). As well as an early opportunity to find out what direction the preferred options are heading in, this is a chance to give initial thoughts and reactions as an input into finalising the preferred options that will be consulted on next year."
There were very successful and useful discussions at both events, in spite of the arctic weather on Tuesday. See notes from discussions. Latest news is that the PNAAP Preferred Options report will not now be ready for consultation until May. There will therefore be some community and Council events before then to continue these discussions. Photos below from Saturday 27th November:
23rd October 2010
- walkabout route
- town centre development site maps
- meeting minutes
- urban design observations (Liz Wrigley, Core Connections)
We had a highly successful 2 hour walkabout of the town centre looking at urban design of the street scene, and also the large development sites and their potential. Discussion focused on:
- changes to the street scene design to improve the pedestrian experience – including widening pavements & removing street clutter;
- enhancing some historic buildings in prominent locations by cleaning and painting above ground floor level for some quick wins; funding to be secured through heritage sources once Conservation Area status granted;
- impact and potential for the major developments both sides of the High Street, and in central Rye Lane opposite the station.
This was followed by another enthusiastic energetic Forum in the afternoon. Open Space discussions focussed on:
- Feedback from the walk – street scene, major developments and the PNAAP
- Restoration of historic buildings and next steps following on from the walk feedback
- Central Rye Lane – especially the multi storey car park and Copeland Industrial site
- Food growing and mapping of sustainable initiatives
- Peckham Festival in autumn 2011.
Detailed points are in the minutes. Pictures below show the Open Space discussions.
13th July 2010
Emerging themes by July included:
- creativity, entrepreneurship & commercial regeneration
- local energy and food production
- town centre physical fabric revitalisation
- how it all relates to health & well being (linking to New Peckham Experiment, and following up the stimulating seminar held on 22 April)
This provided a good base for the July meeting, which was another successful and stimulating gathering with lots of energy and ideas for connections. The Open Space process enabled in-depth discussions on several topics leading to several new actions. These included:
- arranging a Town Centre walkabout with local residents to look at urban design issues
- setting up a virtual Steering Group for the New Peckham Experiment project
- organise a two day October Peckham Town Centre Festival
- Meeting with Council Cabinet members on several aspects flagged up
- publicising to local businesses an Open Space business group at each Forum.
22nd April 2010
A joint seminar was held with the Pioneer Health Foundation (PHF) on the modern application of the Peckham Principles from the historic Peckham Experiment, linking especially to the now urgent need for community, economic and environmental well-being and sustainability. An introduction to the Peckham Experiment was followed by brief presentations from some local community initiatives demonstrating important links beteeen them and Peckham Principles. These included residents' information networks, social support networks, community energy production, participative art, and nutrition in schools. There was also a brief account of the nef project to establish in Peckham a New Peckham Experiment, to demonstrate the key factors and links between social and economic well-being and environmental sustainabilty. There were lively small group discussions for more than 50 enthusiastic participants looking at how the Peckham Principles relate to modern issues and life. It was agreed to bring the ideas at the seminar together with the work of the Town Centre Forum to see how they could be mutually supportive. The ideas continue to inspire a number of community projects in Peckham, especially those to revitalisie the town centre. Links with the Pioneer Health Foundation (PHF) continue to be nurtured. and led to the recent social event on October 2011 to present this year's xx essay prize.
18th March 2010
Peckham Vision teamed up with the Peckham Society and the University of Canterbury Architecture School for a Town Centre Forum meeting. 45 second year architecture students joined in to hear about local aspirations for the town centre, the key urban design issues and the need for an integrated vision for the town centre in terms of archticture, innovation and energy potential. The students were about to start their project in urban design and architecture, using Peckham as their case study. [pictures] The meeting coincided with the news that the historic Holdron's building on the corner of Bournemouth Road and Rye Lane was soon to be demolished following an unsuccesful planning application. The owners had been invited to join in the discussions at the meeting but they declined to attend. However, representatives of the owners of the adjacent Copeland Industrial Park, and of the Council buildings stretching along Bournemouth Road, did attend. These will be useful contacts to build on for further discussions about the evolution of the Copeland Cultural Quarter. There were also some participants from the previous Forums and some new participants from some of the creative enterprises in the Copeland Industrial Park site.
24th February 2010
The Council Planning officers were not able to participate in this meeting as it was deemed not a priority by their Department. Their absence was regretted by those present because the whole point of the new Forum was to enable continuing discussion and deliberation which needed to include Council planning officers. However, the meeting was well attended by 27 participants and as full of life and energy as the first. The discussions included the connections and links between the nef project, to establish a New Peckham Experiment, and the initiatives of interest to all at the Town Centre Forum. The meeting process from the first Forum was used again, and the Open Space enabled many connections and sharing of ideas, and the Action Checklist was updated. There was unanimous commitment to continuing with the Forum. [pictures]
16th December 2009
This first meeting was held just six weeks after the idea arose at the Rye Lane and Station Action Group (RLSAG) October 2009 meeting. It was arranged in collaboration between Peckham Vision and the Council Planning officers for the PNAAP. This continued the momentum stimulated at the RLSAG meeting. There were 29 participants. The meeting heard the background, and some of the needs for revitalisation and indications of participants' interests. Then moved into Open Space where all present decided who they wanted to talk with. For the last half hour all came back together and reported on issues and actions. The key conclusions are detailed in the checklist (updated) for Discussion Questions, Actions and Ideas, under these headings:
1. Revitalising Commerce
- Landlords/property owners
- Improve shop fronts & displays
- Choumert Street Market
- Public Realm & Heritage
- Leisure/Evening/Night Economy/Creative enterprises
- Town Centre Management
- Town Centre Brand
- Local Economy
2. Other Factors
- Multiple / parallel communities
- Other ideas for Peckham generally