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Station Gateway consultation 30th November 2013

At the Peckham Community Council meeting on 25th November, architects Weston Williamson, commissioned by Network Rail, explained that they would be developing the planning application for the redevelopment of the station surrounds to submit in February 2014, and that they would hold a consultation event on 30 November 2013 with a deadline for comments by 6 December. There would be a further consultation on the planning application proposals in January 2014. There were a number of comments from residents and businesses that the consultation period was unacceptably short at just a week. In addition, the Peckham Planning Network, made up of local people working on planning issues in Peckham, submitted and read out a statement to the Community Council of the poor community engagement process which had wasted time in the lead up to this point as the Council and Network Rail, for more than a year, had refused to engage in any public discussions about the design concept for the proposal.

South London Press report on Gateway project 4 November 2013 "Businesses remain in the dark about their future as plans are drawn up for a railway station revamp that could force dozens to leave... The owner of a mechanic’s garage based under railway arches said he had no correspondence from Southwark council about its £25million “Peckham Gateway” project to create a new station square. Mr Smith told the South London Press: “I have heard nothing except through word of mouth... It would be nice to hear something because this business has been here for 30 years and I have been here 15 years… Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The immediate next steps will be the appointment of architects by the end of October, followed by community engagement and consultation over the next couple of months... Eileen Conn, from Peckham Vision … criticised the lack of communication from the council. She said: “There has been no meaningful engagement with stakeholders or wider community. Many people who support the creation of the new square will not be aware that this still appears to be tied to the wholesale clear-out of the area.”

BBC London TV report on Gateway project 3 November 2013 - “A number of businesses have been told they may have to relocate under a £25m redevelopment plan for Peckham. Plans include transforming Peckham Rye Station and its surrounding area, creating a new square and encouraging cafes, bars and art shops to open. Southwark Council, which is working with the Greater London Authority and Network Rail on the project, says a business support team is in place to help those affected.”

The Art Newspaper 'Unpolished Peckham has the X factor’ 18 October 2013 "Cheap rents and community spirit attract artists and galleries to this vibrant area of south London. But … Meanwhile, in Peckham, the co-director of Arcadia Missa gallery, says that rents have doubled since 2007, but that it is still cheaper than east London. Will Peckham survive the coming tide? “The work of organisations that provide affordable workspace is absolutely crucial to ensure that artists aren’t squeezed out” Margot Heller says. Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and an admirer of the area, looks to the art world’s survival instinct with hope. “The will of a few people—artists foremost, but also writers, dealers, curators and even collectors—can remake reality,” he says.

BBC TV London News 24 September 2013

Warren Nettleford BBC reported on a visit to Rye Lane Peckham of the effects of rising property prices - "Gentrification 'distorting' Peckham". The news item raised the questions whether this was gentrification and was it good or bad for Peckham. Peckham Vision was amongst those interviewed.

Peckham Rye Station Gateway Project Developments Aug-Oct 2013

The Peckham Vision mobile exhibition and the public community conversation about the project continued at several public events, and on social media summarised here. A petition for public toilets to be provided in central Rye Lane in relation to the station developments was presented by Peckham Vision and the Rye Lane Traders’ Association to the Peckham and Nunhead Community Council on 30 September 2013. Peckham Vision supported a deputation to Cabinet on 22 October 2013 of some of the businesses affected by the developments to clarify the impact of the plan.

Scaffolding in Blenheim Grove September 2013

The exterior of the shops number 12 – 16 Blenheim Grove (between the station forecourt entrance and the first railway arches) is being renovated - repaired and painted – the first for a long time. The owners, a small property company called Roundmen Limited, have these premises on a long lease from Network Rail. This work has been planned for some years. They lease the shop on the corner of the station forecourt entrance, number 12, to the owner of the hairdressers who were there till last year. Latest information is that he is refitting it for another hairdressers. The shop next door to that in the arch leading to the station entrance, with a double shuttered front, is leased by Network Rail to someone else and will in a few weeks open as a delicatessen with refreshments.

Open Democracy - Guardian Comment Network 29 August 2013

Matt Bolton - Is art really to blame for gentrification? "Art is being used as a medium for gentrification, as the middle class displaces that of the working class in poorer urban areas. While the superficiality of this movement is apparent, should the good name of art suffer as a result? … Bold Tendencies is the art space and cocktail bar standing imperiously on top of a Peckham multi-storey car park. It is charged with so much architectural symbolism it's almost funny: a sky-high contemporary gallery in one of London's poorest districts, packed each evening with painfully well-dressed young white people supping Campari bitters, who gaze down upon the streets of pound shops, mobile phone stalls and cheap clothes stores below." More:

Station restoration news August 2013

The latest news is summarised in Peckham Vision's community information news sheet August 2013. This covers the work on the original staircase, the Old Waiting Room, the station square and rear (the Council's Gateway project).

Peckham town centre + PeckhamVision get good publicity July + August 2013

PNAAP Public Hearings 23 July–1 August

Examination in Public (EIP) Hearings will start on 23 July 2013, in Council offices in Tooley Street. Further details of the daily programme of topics and more information are here. These are important discussions open to the public. Hearings now over see brief report here. Inspector's report expected in two or three months and then some limited further public consultation.

Station restoration latest June 2013

  • Staircase restoration: most of the planning and permission work to complete the restoration and extend the staircase has now been done. The next stage is to raise another approx £50,000 to pay for the restoration.
  • Old Waiting Room: plans are being developed for raising the funds (approx £750,000) for final restoration and also for interim uses for the room as it is, once the staircase is extended to give access from the forecourt. The room cannot be hired until then.
  • Station Gateway project: the Council is developing plans for the design and development of the new front square and new commercial spaces at the back of the station. There is not yet satisfactory information about the consultation and timing on the development and the plans.

Station restoration news January 2013

The latest news is summarised in Peckham Vision's January 2013 community information news sheet Peckham Town Centre News. This covers the work on the original staircase, the Old Waiting Room, the station square and rear (the Council's Gateway project), and the historic buildings in Rye Lane and the High Street (the Townscape Heritage Inititative project).

5th January 2013 Peckham inter faith walk

On Saturday 5th January 2013 between 11am and 3.30pm, people from all faiths and none visited Christian, Muslim and Bahai faith groups in Peckham town centre. It was a gentle walk, and an enjoyable and interesting way for us all to learn more about each other as neighbours. The unanimous conclusion was that this was an excellent way to develop good connections between people of different faiths and cultures in Peckham.Short report and photos here.


November 2012 staircase being revealed

Work has started this week to open up the windowsto reveal the original iron and stone staircase in the SE tower in the forecourt. They were bricked up over 50 years ago.

October 2012 Latest news on the station square project

The money has been acquired - £5m from the Mayor/GLA, £5m from Southwark Council and some small pots from TfL and HLF. It may all total about £12m. The plans are now being developed. The aim is

  • to complete the restoration of the Old Waiting Room;
  • to remove the shopping arcade in front and recreate the square;
  • to create access from the front of the station on the ground floor to the rear of the station, and create lift access to all 4 platforms;
  • to refurbish the arches to the rear of the station (behind Bar Story) so that they can be let for town centre purposes;
  • to buy out any leases, and to organise and pay for the relocation of any businesses that need to move

Sometime early 2013 the Council and Network Rail will reveal what they think they can achieve with the £12m+ in terms of those aims and ask for the public's views. Depending on the consultation process, the first 'spade in the ground' might be late 2013 or early 2014 perhaps. The plan would be to complete the works by 2015/2016. In the meantime, the current restoration of the Old Waiting Room, led by Peckham Vision and Benedict O’Looney Architects, is continuing. The next stage is to unbrick the windows in the two towers in the forecourt and restore the original staircase so that towards the end of 2013 it will enable some access to the Old Waiting Room. See Peckham Rye Stationfor more information.

4th October 2012 Rye Lane Traders’ Association being formed

Traders in Rye Lane have taken the initiative to come together to form a traders’ associationso they can combine their efforts to improve Peckham town centre. Peckham Vision welcomes this development and is contributing our experience of collaborative working in the town centre. We all have so many mutual interests. Working together strengthens the team of local people who want to improve the town centre.

2nd to 4th August 2012 Old Waiting Room exhibition huge success

Hundreds of people flocked to the exhibition in a steady stream from beginning to end over the three days: see here

27 July-10 August 2012 Peckham Cultural Olympiad

From the brochure: "This is a collection of some of the thoroughly exciting events that are taking place in the ever-lovely Peckham over the time of London’s Olympics. We are a collective of organisations and individuals, all with the aim of creating and exhibiting artistic projects of Peckham. We hope to see some new faces in our spaces, enjoying the events and getting to know those that have made them happen. Details in the brochure 'Peckham Cultural Olympiad', which gives individual contributors' websites for further details on timings of events and locations." Peckham Vision's exhibition in the Old Waiting Room is a contributor to the Olympiad.

8th June 2012 Exhibition 2-4 August in Old Waiting Room

Peckham Vision is arranging an exhibition about the town centre in the Old Waiting Room in Peckham Rye station on 2nd – 4th August as a Peckham Rye Lane contribution to the Cultural Olympiad. There will be talks and more each day. This is a rare chance to get into the Old Waiting Room off Platform 3 in Peckham Rye Station.
Exhibition times: Thurs 2nd Aug 5pm – 9pm. Fri 3rd Aug 1pm – 9pm. Sat 4th Aug 11am – 3pm.
Volunteers are needed for a few hours during the afternoon or evening on Thurs 2nd Aug or Fri 3rd Aug, or morning or afternoon on Sat 4th Aug? To find out more, email: Read more…

16th May 2012 Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) success

Peckham was one of 12 UK bids to get through the competitive first round for the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI):see the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) announcement This highlighted “An impressive range of community-led complementary initiatives will be implemented, including traditional skills training and community events”. The scheme, to be run by Southwark Council will repair and restore historic buildings on Rye Lane & Peckham High Street and contribute to the opening up of the historic public square in front of the station. The hard work now starts to develop the detailed proposals for the second round. These have to be submitted within 12 months. As Peckham Vision initiated the process with the HLF, and contributed significantly to parts of the bid, we are now working with the council officers concerned on the next stages.

2nd April + 26th May 2012 Portas pilot bid submitted

The Council has submitted a Portas pilot bid for Peckham town centre. See accompanying video. The Peckham Vision town centre meeting was the background to several of the interviews. The video is full of hope and optimism about our town centre. But we could do with just a bit of help! The Government has said it will extend the number of pilots because of huge demand across the country. 26th May: Peckham not among first 12 towns as Portas Pilots. There were 370 applications from around the country, showing the extent of local enthusiasm for town teams to revive their town centres. See Government announcement.

14th March 2012 Rail industry support for community initiatives

This was a fantastic community meeting celebrating recent achievements for Peckham town centre. Over 200 locals from Peckham's diverse social, economic and ethnic communties crowded in to the CLF Art Café in the Bussey building, to hear the latest news from Peckham Vision and the Council. Senior figures from Network Rail, Southern Railway and the Railway Heritage Trust voiced their support for community initiatives at Peckham Rye station in Peckham town centre; see video clip.

8th March 2012 Council chooses Peckham town centre for Portas Pilot bid

The Portas Pilots are a Government programmeto bring High Streets to life for the twenty first century. The Council is putting together a bid for Peckham to be one of the pilots. They have accepted Peckham Vision’s expression of interest as a potential key partner. The bid has to be submitted by 30 March 2012.

26 January 2012 Harriet Harman MP visits Copeland Cultural Quarter

The visit was arranged by Peckham Vision at Peckham & Camberwell MP Harriet Harman’s request to visit the now well known Bussey Building venue, and to see the small creative enterprises growing in the Bussey and the Copeland Quarter. See more.

17th January 2012 Community exhibition & meeting to be held on 14th March

For latest news on all the new developments at and around the station and discussions about the future come to the community meeting on Wednesday 14th March 7pm, exhibition from 4pm, see details here.


23rd November 2011 Station Square to be restored

The London Mayor announced a GLA grant of between £3-5m to help restore the square in front of Peckham Rye Station and to complete the restoration of the historic station building. Southwark Council to match funding. Peckham Vision is in discussions with the Council about the detailed work schedule which will take several years to complete. See more