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* October 2018  [[Media:My_London_Story.pdf|My London Story. Time Out]]<br>
* October 2018  [[Media:My_London_Story.pdf|My London Story. pdf from Time Out]] From [https://www.timeout.com/london/news/meet-the-campaigner-whos-kept-peckham-creative-for-40-years-100318 Time Out weblink.]
* January 2019 [[Media:PP_10-11_Eileen_Conn.pdf|Peckham Peculiar]]
* January 2019 [[Media:PP_10-11_Eileen_Conn.pdf|Peckham Peculiar]]
* December 2019 [https://www.copelandpark.com/blog/2020/01/15/peckham-vision-and-a-history-of-copeland-park/ Peckham Vision and a history of Copeland Park] Copeland Park blog
* December 2019 [https://www.copelandpark.com/blog/2020/01/15/peckham-vision-and-a-history-of-copeland-park/ Peckham Vision and a history of Copeland Park] Copeland Park blog

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Please donate: Peckham Vision is a local group that works to keep local people informed of changes in our community, and how they can take action where needed. We rely on voluntary contributions; please make a donation so we can continue this important work. To make a donation please click here.

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Peckham Vision is a resident-led local citizens' association of individuals who live, work or run a business in Peckham. Its vision is to support Peckham town centre as a thriving and sustainable social and commercial centre, and to contribute to Peckham being a good place for all in which to live, work and visit. The objects of the Group are to:

  • Promote and encourage citizen action to help Peckham town centre to become an integrated and resilient place and links past, present and future for the benefit of all who live and work there.
  • Create and nurture ways of connecting people in Peckham who share enthusiasm and desire to help develop and realise the potential of Peckham, and to make the lessons available beyond Peckham.
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Peckham Vision people, places and actions

An integrated town centre

Since 2005 we have encouraged informed discussion about the development plans for Peckham Town Centre, and stimulated a variety of ideas for transforming the central area of Rye Lane around Peckham Rye station, Copeland Cultural Quarter, and the Bussey building. Some material from this work since 2006 is on this website; see especially Transforming Central Rye Lane and An alternative vision for Rye Lane Central.

We have taken a lead to demonstrate the role of historical and old buildings restoration from an integrated view of Peckham town centre:

We work with and link residents and people and enterprises from the parallel local economies of local independent traders, creative enterprises, main stream retailers, the historic restoration work and the faith and religious world. The early years of this work stimulated the emergence of a Peckham Town Centre Forum which first met in December 2009. It has facilitated many events and interactions since then.

Pioneering new approaches to citizen engagement

Underpinning the historic restoration work is Peckham Vision’s understanding of the significant role that learning about our local history and heritage at all educational ages has, and how it connects with wider issues and aspects of town centre life.

Peckham Vision is committed to developing good quality information to distribute in a variety of ways to local people, and to create innovative ways for them to become engaged in the work. There are:

  • Peckham Vision shop in Holdron's Arcade, 135a Rye Lane open on Saturday afternoons 2-5pm, and First Thursdays 7pm-9pm monthly, other times ad hoc, and with information displays every day.
  • continuing events, including workshops, seminars, guided walkabouts in the town centre, and public meetings.
  • exhibitions such as the 3 day exhibition in the Old Waiting Room, the exhibition displays in the ground floor foyer of Peckham library and mobile exhibitions at local community fairs. Over the last few years these have developed ito the Open Studio events in our Bussey studio, for example in 2018 Peckham Festival.
  • regular emails to a mailing list of some 4000 local people on topical matters relating to the town centre and to the wider Peckham community and until 2017 posted in the PRN blog. Since then this service has temporarily slowed while we develop social media channels.
  • Facebook and twitter and local web discussion forums.
  • new ways to cater for 'pop-up' volunteering to tap into the enthusiasm of hundreds of potential volunteers able to volunteer only for ad hoc opportunities.
  • developing and nurturing relationships and working together with traders and with faith groups.

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Working arrangements

  • Peckham Vision has a community shop in Holdron's Arcade at 135a Rye Lane, donated for community use by the owners Copeland Park. The shop is open for pop-up events which are publicised. It is open at other times as well when volunteers are available. It is a shop window for information about the town centre, and related matters, as well as pop-up events. The arcade is on the site of the original arcade in the Edwardian Holdrons as in the photo. The current arcade is embedded in the 1930s art deco building, now occupied by Khan's Bargain store.The remnants of the Edwardian arcade behind the back of Khan's are still visible from the upper floors of the Bussey Building, and eventually will be rejoined to the current arcade.
  • Peckham Vision also has a studio on the second floor of the Bussey Building (Stair C) which is open on publicised dates at a weekend from midday to 5pm, when volunteers are available. These are occasions when people can visit the studio to find out more about the work behind the scenes, and to chat about Peckham news and what community action can do to influence what happens, while enjoying tea and home made cake.
  • Peckham Vision is a constituted community association. The work is managed and conducted by a small community team of residents, supported by a range of local people who volunteer for particular events and activities. A Friends organisation is planned for supporters, and for fund raising to support the considerable work that residents are carrying out unpaid. Peckham Vision has a mailing list of over 3000 local people. Our policy on protection of that data is set out in this statement.
  • There are working contacts with Southwark Council, and the rail companies - Network Rail and Southern Rail.

Contact us through our contact page or email: info@peckhamvision.org

The evolution of Peckham Vision

Peckham Vision grew from the community campaign 2005 - 2009 which questioned the wisdom of demolishing a 6 acre site, including the Bussey Building and Copeland Park, for a tram depot, and from the parallel community action to improve the area around Peckham Rye station. A brief summary of the evolution over the years since then can be found here.

The nature of community


Underlying the work of Peckham Vision is the understanding that the strength of a community lies in the connections between people who live, work and run businesses there. Peckham Vision is dedicated to nurturing those connections, and exploring ways to link into the energy and enthusiasm of our neighbourhood. This work is influenced by the two systems approach developed by Eileen Conn, long time resident of Peckham, co-ordinator and founder of Peckham Vision and associate research fellow of the TSRC (Third Sector Research Centre). Further information about the two systems ‘social eco-systems dance’ model can be found here. Local paper Peckham Peculiar pp10-11 front cover story in February 2019 carried an interview with Eileen Conn about her work and the work of Peckham Vision.

Video clips relating to Peckham Vision's work

Media reports relating to Peckham Vision's work

Previous media reports on Peckham Vision work are currently being collated.

Media Interviews