In a multi-cultural
area like Peckham Rye, many would agree there is a need
for an inspiring multi-functional Centre where people of
all cultures, religions, races can meet to share and develop
their creative work or pleasures in music, dance, theatre,
arts, crafts and literature.
Councillors, Politicians are currently saying there is
a need to divert young people off the streets into
well-equipped Centres where they can channel their energies
into creative activities instead of becoming involved in
violent gangs or crime.
Few local Community Centres provide
spaces for music practice, studios, proper auditoria, art
gallery spaces, internet facilities and theatre.
is to build this Intercultural Creativity and Conference
Centre (ICC Centre) specially designed to meet
these diverse needs in a district where people of many cultures
live, like Peckham Rye.
aspect of this project is that a beautiful highly-original
like this will undoubtedly attract Londoners and International
visitors to this central area of Peckham, provided it is
set in the surroundings which local people would like of
shops, restaurants, cafés, gardens, crafts and studio
workshops, with affordable flats and maisonettes on upper
The site in view
for all this is about 7 acres, next to a mixed-development
Piazza in-front of the Peckham Rye
station, currently proposed and outline-approved by the
Council. However, London Transport Authority hope to build
depot covering the whole site!
If carried out, this would
destroy the hopes of most local people for a vibrant
regeneration project offering opportunities to local businesses,
expand in retail, catering, services, crafts - and thus
employment of all kinds. There is also an urgent need for
housing in Peckham, which this project can provide.
owners of most of this site would like to see a diversified
development of this kind, as it would much increase
its monetary as well as social value.
The Tramway Network
planners can surely find other, more suitable, sites for
their depot and thereby avoid
the very heart of Peckham. If new housing and employment
opportunities are not offered to locals soon, street
crime is likely to increase in the densely multi-cultural
Politicians, the new Mayor of London Boris Johnson,
and local Councillors must surely become aware
of the great
offered by this new Development Project.
Copies of this letter are being sent to decision-makers
concerned about the future of Peckham Rye.
Gale, June 2008