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Sign up for the "Peckham Rye News" Facebook Group

We've set up a new Facebook Group which will make it easier for people living in Peckham Rye to find out about local news and keep tabs on their councillors.

You can join the group here by just clicking on "join group" at the top of the page.

Among other things, joining the group will allow you to find out the latest on the campaigns to:
- Extend the 63 bus to Honor Oak Park Station
- Deliver new facilities on Peckham Rye Park and Common
- Sorting out primary school place allocations in our area

Joining the group will also make it easier for you to let us know your views on local issues and to join in dicussions with other residents of Peckham Rye. Join now to make sure you're kept up to date with everything Peckham Rye.

Community Council has a new Chair (and they live local!)

Your community council is a gathering of local people and councillors which takes place every six weeks somewhere in the area. Nunhead and Peckham Rye Community Council can refer issues to the council's cabinet and can allocate money from several pots of money to local projects. It is also a useful way of holding council officers to account on vrious issues including planning, licensing and regeneration.

Each year the Southwark council assembly elects the chairs of each of the community councils. And this year, I'm pleased to announce, one of your Peckham Rye Labour Councillors, Victoria, is taking the hot-seat. The chair has a crucial role to play in ensuring that local people are able to say what changes they want to see in this area and turning that into a plan which can be delivered. To make the community council more than a talking shop, a strong chair needs to ensure officers and cabinet members listen to what the commuity in Nunhead and Peckham Rye is saying. Last…

Our local police team...

Last night I went along to our local safer neighbourhood panel meeting. These meetings are held so that people living in Peckham Rye can get a chance to speak to our local police team, and provide them with feedback on issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour. I was extremely impressed with the detailed knowledge that the local police team has built up from patrolling Peckham Rye on a daily basis. On issues as varied as burglary, anti-social behaviour on buses and dangerous dogs the police team were able to give us a detailed picture of the issues in Peckham Rye and how they have been dealing with them.

One issue which I had been asked to bring up at the meeting by several residents was that of dangerous dogs. On the doorstep during the election campaign it became clear that a number of parents with young children were concerned about the aggressive behaviour of dogs which were not on leads around the Park and Common. The local police team have already been taking action to d…

Council Assembly tomorrow - Labour formally take charge in Southwark

Tomorrow evening is Southwark Council Assembly AGM and will see Labour formally take control of the council. I'm proud that after 8 years of the failed Lib Dem and Tory rule the results of the 6 May elections saw residents decisively put Labour in charge.

The meeting will see Labour's leader Cllr Peter John appointed as Southwark council leader and the AGM will also appoint the new 'Cabinet'. Labour has opted to rename the 'council executive' to make it clear this is the political group running the council rather than a group of bureaucrats. I think this is a good move.

The meeting will go on the agree Southwark's new Mayor, establish scrutiny committees and also establish Community Councils. I'm delighted that Nunhead and Peckham Rye Community Council will continue to be made up of nine Labour councillors but even more delighted that with a Labour council we will get the input and attention needed from the leadership of the council. This is going to be a…

Week one as Peckham Rye Councillors

Councillor allowances to be cut
Our first week as councillors has been a mix of developing some of the right links with inside the council bureaucracy and getting to grips with various issues that people need our help with.

On Monday we attended the AGM of Southwark Labour Group where we elected several of the positions within the Group (including the Leader and Deputy Leader) and made some important early decisions to show how this administration is going to differ to the last. Labour councillors delivered on our first manifesto pledge by agreeing a 10% cut in the Special Responsibility Allowances for councillors. Victoria, Renata and I are all proud that we are taking a lead on this issue.

On Tuesday we went into the council offices on Tooley Street to officially sign up as councillors and get our e-mail and contact details sorted out.

Casework is now coming in thick and fast. All three of us are having to learn quickly who to contact and how to get the best results for residents. Lucki…

One O'clock Club update

Council officers involved in the applications for funding to deliver the new One O'Clock club on Peckham Rye have sent round an e-mail to people who've signed up to their mailing list. The email says that officers have just heard that the application for further funding has been given first round approval.

The second and final funding meeting is due to take place at the end of May. Apparently there have been a high number of applications for this funding and so officers are unsure of how successful the application will be.

This is a small step in the right direction. We now wait with bated breath for the outcome of the application...

Contact details and surgery details

We're slowly but surely getting the basics in place as the new councillors for Peckham Rye. The first step is to let you know how you can get in touch with us if there is anything you think we might be able to help you with.

Our new contact details are as follows:

Gavin Edwards
Tel: 07956624529
e-mail: gavin.edwards@southwark.gov.uk

Renata Hamvas
Tel: TBC
e-mail: renata.hamvas@southwark.gov.uk

Victoria Mills
Tel: 07535932318
e-mail: victoria.mills@southwark.gov.uk

Our surgeries will take place on:

First Friday of every month, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Rye Hill Park Tenants and Residents Association, Rye Hill Estate, 191 Peckham Rye.

Second Saturday of every month, 10.00am to 11.00am, East Dulwich Community Centre, 46-64 Darrell Road, East Dulwich

Fourth Thursday of every month, 6.30pm to 7.30pm, Nunhead Library, Gordon Road.

We'll also be carrying out mobile surgeries (when we come to your street) over the coming months. Further details of these will follow shortly.

Thank you

In case you haven't already heard the news, we're pleased to tell you that the people of Peckham Rye elected three Labour councillors on Thursday.

Victoria, Renata and I are incredibly grateful for the trust that's been placed in us. We know the real hard work starts now and we promise that we won't let you down. On a night of dramatic election results in Southwark, we are also delighted that Labour now has enough councillors to run the council.

Victoria, Renata and I would also like to thank the candidates from the other political parties in Peckham Rye for what was a very hard fought but honest campaign, giving people living in our area a real choice of strong candidates for their councillors. The overall turnout in our ward was high (67%). It was very pleasing to see so many people coming out to make their voice heard in the election.

If you'd like to see the full results you can see them here.

If you'd like to listen to a recording of the results being anno…

5 reasons to vote for Peckham Rye Labour on Thursday

1.We live here. Labour is the only one of the main parties standing candidates who actually live in Peckham Rye. We'll be around to pick up on local issues and campaign for our area after the elections, not hiding away in the town hall.

2.We'll extend the 63 Bus to Honor Oak Park. Having three councillors who have consistently campaigned for the extension of the 63 bus to Honor Oak Park will put more pressure on Boris and TfL. Also, if we have a Labour controlled council, Southwark can become an active supporter of the campaign, instead of sitting on its hands as it has done under the Lib Dems and Tories.

3. It will help improve Southwark Council services. If Labour gets enough councillors elected on Thursday, we can end the Lib Dem-Tory Alliance which has made Southwark officially the worst council in inner London. Southwark has the 3rd worst council tax collection in England and the 6th worst recycling rate. Labour has a positive plan to improve services and get Southwark back…

Lew Evans House and the sad consequence of Lib Dem-Tory cuts to sheltered accomodation

Gavin, Renata and I were delighted to be invited to Lew Evans House (on Underhill Road) which is a block of sheltered accomodation flats.

We enjoyed tea and biscuits with the residents and shared our views on why Gordon Brown would do more than David Cameron for older voters.

However, our visit revealed some of the real human consequences of cuts made by Southwark's Lib Dem-Tory council.

Many of the residents have lived at Lew Evans House for 10 or 15 years and speak very warmly of their memories of when they first moved in. However, recent years have seen their full-time on-site wardens cut and other support cut back. Their wardens are much-loved and still provide an excellent service when they are around. However their hours have been cut back extensively and they must now work at several local homes rather than being based at Lew Evans full-time. This is something both the residents and wardens are unhappy about.

As a result of these cuts, the more vulnerable residents tend to onl…