Gateway comments

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Public conversation about the design of the station developments

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Because the Council did not release any information about the conceptual discussions, Peckham Vision has encouraged a public conversation about these aspects:

  • Front of station: A new square is being created in front of the station. What kind of square? What would you like to see there..?
  • Back of station: The plan is to create a new area at the back, linked to the new front square. What would you like to see there..?
  • Blenheim Grove: What would you like to see happen in the arches with fronts on Blenheim Grove..?

These different areas of the station development site are explained in the map here.

This page is being used to collect and paste comments received from local people about the Gateway project and its potential and its impact. If you wish to comment on these points or have anything to add to this collection, please email, and we will paste yr comment up here.


By email:

  • We need to campaign for a replacement for WHSmith. Where can you buy a paper or a book in Peckham now? Need a newsagent near the station.
  • We need

- to keep our Arches artistic community there in the thin sliver at the west end, preferably separated by the existing brick partition from the main market area development nearer the station; they were there through thick and thin and if we lose them we just have another generic retail area and nothing that celebrates Peckham's unique creativity.
- ensure the council treat our street with consideration for residents if it is to have this night life element, especially with regard to reducing noise, making sure the entry/exit to the station is the main one, and organising nightly street cleaning at least as far as the Choumert Grove junction. I am aware that bottles lying around, public urination and drug taking are already in more evidence since the Rye Lane and Bar Story night life picked up, and clearly the state of the east end of our street and the station entry areas cannot continue like this, it's out of control.
- ensure that the business 'backs' which might face Blenheim Grove (assuming the fronts are facing into the inner courtyard) are sightly and not simply full of exposed dustbins and extractor fans for the servicing of the units.

On Peckham Vision Facebook:

  • The biggest issue for the station and rye lane is cleanliness. The issue of maintenance and cleanliness should be built into any plans. I'm in favour of a Market. Restaurants, cafes, shops and bars(no later than 11) in the Market Space at the back. More allocation of arches for non drinking focused evening activities such as performance, cinema , recording studios, dance studios, The front arches on Blenheim grove should be more focused on day time activities, cafes shops etc. Perhaps the arches could be allocated to create a balanced high street. Eg: a bakery, greengrocer, an off-license, a butcher, 5 assorted retail units. There could be a few allocated to local producers: we have a Peckham gin called bluebird which is produced in bermondsey, there is already supposed to be a brewery opening up in the end arch. The existing arches with Potters, metal workers etc should be protected. In the same way that there is affordable housing there should be affordable commercial space for people who can't compete with the 'tax exempt corporations'. By allocating certain arches for certain uses, it may be possible to prevent what (in my opinion and rather a lot of other local people) we have too much of on rye lane- betting shops, stinky fish mongers, the hair dressers that sweep their 'tumble weave' into the street and unhealthy takeaways. Finally the art deco buildings on Blenheim grove and Holy Grove should be refurbished with roof top gardens. They are lovely buildings which need some attention.

From East Dulwich web Forum discussions:
There is an intermittent discussion on the East Dulwich Forum about the station developments. Some of the comments there will where possible be copied and pasted to this page as below.

At community fairs

From tweets
24 September:

  • will new businesses be compelled to have wheelchair access? Especially these trendy cafe's..
  • a friend's buisiness has a lot of outside financial backing to open up in Peckham. What will the goverment do for locals?
  • will local people get a lookin? I notice the hairdressers 'Blue Tit', are a chain!
  • love these: tropical fruit stalls, streets like colourful African markets, burgeoning arts community, almost no chainstores.