The original square in front of Peckham Rye station (see picture attached) is to be restored.
This is made possible by funding coming this year from the London Mayor via the GLA to add to funding agreed by Southwark Council for a few years’ time. Discussions on the details for all this are now starting. Meanwhile the work on restoring the Old Waiting Room (OWR)
above the ticket hall is about to become visible again with the unbricking of the windows on the ground floor to reveal the wonderful original stone and metal staircase.
That will be followed by extending the staircase by half a flight to reach into the Old Waiting Room.
The scaffolding, that has just gone up, is to repair the leak in the roof and then to repair the floor damaged by the leak. Then folks, the OWR will be accessible again from the forecourt without having to go through the station. We (Peckham Vision)
have exciting plans and proposals to complete the restoration of the room, and to restore some of the other historic buildings
in the town centre.
These and other plans will achieve some of the transformation many of us locally have discussed and explored for so long. But without those discussions we would not have been ready to take advantage of the new funds when they unexpectedly became available. Always faithful to the Girl Guide motto - Be Prepared!
There will be an exhibition, from 4pm on Wednesday 14th March
133 Rye Lane, (in the Bussey building
- also part of the current renaissance), which will give visitors the chance to get the background and catch up on all the news. The meeting that evening 7-9pm
will update us all, celebrate the significant achievements over the last year, and discuss the future developments and opportunities. Further info on the event here. Please come and support our community effort.
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to keep up to date, please email PRN@nutbrook.demon.co.uk