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."