Rye Lane and Station Action Group (RLSAG)
The Rye Lane & Station Action Group (RLSAG) first met on 23 September 2004. It was set up jointly by local resident Eileen Conn from the Bellenden Residents’ Group and Russell Profitt then the Head of the Council’s Regeneration team the Peckham Programme. The aim was to provide a forum for local residents to work with the Council and any others interested to improve the quality of Rye Lane shopping area and Peckham Rye station. Both had suffered years of very poor physical environment and a continuing deterioration in the quality and diversity of retail provision.
The RLSAG adopted the iconic 19th century photograph of the station as its motif and produced a postcard which has had widespread circulation. This helped significantly in raising awareness that the original historic and magnificent station building was still there behind the obtrusive 20th century buildings in front of it.
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Since then, much progress was made occasionally. The effectiveness of refuse collection in Rye Lane was improved considerably, and the area around the station cleaned up from time to time. But if there is not constant vigilance, improvements tend to fall back and the progress is not usually maintained.
RLSAG has however been able to keep bringing attention back to the issues and has in the meantime contributed significantly to the raising of awareness locally, in the Council and in the rail companies, of the potential for transforming the station and its environment as the major gateway into Peckham. This has gone hand in hand with the work of Peckham Vision which was created by the local community in 2006 to raise awareness of the potential of the very large site on the opposite side of Rye Lane between Bournemouth Road and Copeland Road. Peckham Vision developed a draft masterplan for Rye Lane Central for a longer term vision for transforming the station and its wider environment in central Rye Lane. All this work is however still very much work-in-progress in 2010. Now that the threat of major demolition, on the eastern side of Rye Lane opposite the station is over, local attention can now focus on the positive scope for improvements.
The aim is that the newly emerging Peckham Town Centre Forum will provide a regular process for bring together all those with energy, enthusiasm and ideas to take forward the ideas for the town centre as a whole including Rye Lane Central. In the meantime the RLSAG can continue to provide a forum where necessary for matters specifically about the station.
There have been 11 RLSAG meetings. The record of the proceedings is available here:
- 1. 23 September 2004
- 2. 17th November 2004
- 3. 9th February 2005
- 4. 1st June 2005
- 5. 12th October 2005
- 6. 8th February 2006
- 7. 11th July 2006
- 8. 19th February 2007
- 9. 23rd July 2007
- 10. 22nd October 2008
- 11. 28th October 2009