29 August 2010

Friends of Peckham Rye Summer Fete

This year's Friends of Peckham Rye Summer Fete will take place on Saturday 4th September. This is a superb event which includes lots of fun activities and stalls. It starts at 12 noon and goes on until 5pm.

The FOPR are currently asking for help with serveral parts of the event:

- They are looking for book donations for the book stall. Please call 0208 299 2680 if you've got some books spare.

- If you can donate a plant or seedlings to the plant stall please call 07968 416108

- If you're a talented baker and can donate a cake for the Tea Tent please ring 07704463614

If you would like to help out on the day, please call 0208 299 2680.

24 August 2010

What do your local councillors do? A case study from Brenchley Gardens

Brenchley Gardens estate is in the southern part of Peckham Rye Ward, opposite Camberwell New Cemetery. By common consent it is a pleasant and quiet place to live with a strong sense of community. People living in Brenchley Gardens are a mixture of tenants, leaseholders and freeholders.

Following our election in May, members of the tenant management organisation (TMO) approached us to ask for our help with some problems they were having with various charges, repairs and a dispute with the council over the ownership status of a fence on the estate. The problem seemed to be that communication had broken down between the TMO and officers at the council over these issues. Both sides had taken up entrenched positions and meaningful discussion seemed to have completely stopped.

As local councillors we were able to talk to both officers and the TMO in a constructive way to see if there was a way we could resolve these issues. After much persuading and several meetings we were able to get everyone round the same table last night. I'm really pleased to say that the TMO and the officers were able to agree a way forward on all the outstanding issues. The TMO didn't get its way on all the issues it was concerned about, but the members present were able to get an honest, face to face explanation and no longer felt their views were being ignored or dismissed. The officers for their part agreed to take action on many of the concerns residents had been raising.

When council officers had left one of the board members of the TMO said something to me which I think summed the whole thing up. He said, "What pleases me is that, at last, someone was prepared to come and speak to us like we're human beings."

20 August 2010

Transport meeting papers now available online

Quick update on the local transport meeting taking place on Thursday 2nd September. The papers for the meeting are now available here. Worth taking a look for anyone interested in local transport issues.

17 August 2010

Councillor Fiona Colley says, "We won't forget about SE15."

The following news item has just appeared on the Southwark Council website:

"The council can confirm that consultation on the Peckham and Nunhead Area Action Plan is to begin in January and planning applications have been submitted for refurbishment in Nunhead this week.

Over the past weeks, the headlines have been all about Elephant and Castle as the deal with Lend Lease was finally signed, paving the way to the £1.5 billion regeneration of the area.

But if residents live further south in the borough, they may be asking when it's their turn? Peckham and Nunhead are known for their vibrant streets with independent shops and places to go for great food and leisure activities, as well as being a hub for the arts.

Today, the council can confirm that in a matter of months, the focus will be on Peckham and Nunhead to enhance what residents already love about them. As a planning application went in this week for new shop frontages on Gibbon road, it won't be long before the rest of Nunhead and Peckham gets its turn for something new. Already, huge improvements to the street layout have been completed to make improved access and cycle routes. Plans to ask residents about the wider area are just around the corner.

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration said, "I know and love this area, and know that both Peckham and Nunhead have their own charm which I'm keen to enhance. Regeneration goes far further than just buildings. It's about local people, the independent shops and businesses that they love and the atmosphere of these places - that's what's important. The area action plan is all about asking Peckham and Nunhead people what they want to see change - and what they want to preserve and restore for future generations."

15 August 2010

Local transport meeting - including campaign to extend the 63 bus route

One of the additional roles that I've taken on in recent months is to be Chair of the local community council group on traffic and transport. This is an open, local forum for anyone living in the Nunhead and Peckham Rye area to contribute to debate over local transport policy.

At our first meeting following the election I've sought to focus the work of this committee on the priorities that so many local people spoke to their candidates and councillors about during the campaign. So at the next meeting we will be following up on a number of issues raised at previous meetings, but also looking at how we can take the campaign for the extension of the 63 bus route to Honor Oak Park Station forward. Southwark Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Recycling, Cllr Barrie Hargrove will be attending to discuss this issue.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 2nd September 2010 at 6.30 pm in Room D of Southwark Town Hall, 35 Peckham Road SE5 8UB. Other items on the agenda for discussion are:

- Improvements to Rye Lane (including enforcement measures on issues such as shopkeepers putting produce and waste on pavements, car parking and deliveries during rush hours).

- Update on the traffic scheme being put in place to deal with the opening of the Harris Boys Academy.

- Update on the Peckham Rye South Scheme.

If you're interested in these, or any other local transport issues, come along and you will have the chance to discuss them with local councillors and council officers dealing with these issues.

9 August 2010

Details of events in August and September funded through the Nunhead and Peckham Rye Community Council Fund

Below is a table showing a list of events that will be taking place in the Nunhead and Peckham Rye area thanks to funding from the community fund. If you're interested in any of the event and you want further details, please e-mail the contact addresses given in the table.

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