This month we’re sharing our plans for the Pockets along Rye Lane far and wide; we’ve been talking to various departments in Southwark Council, we’ve toured the pockets with Peckham People, it’s the Rye Lane Traders Association turn next and later we’ll be meeting with Southwark Cabinet Members, Cllr. Fiona Colley for Regeneration and Corporate Strategy and Cllr. Barrie Hargrove for Transport, Environment and Recycling.
For those of you who haven’t been able to attend an event please look at the maps below to get a sense of what we’re planning for these spaces.
To be clear, these are the very first sketches for the Pockets and are not at all set in stone. In fact these plans are likely to change after future discussions with any and all of the groups mentioned above.
We would love to get your feedback on these early plans and if anything is unclear you can comment below or drop me a line at email@example.com.
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Holly Grove & Elm Grove
Theme – Reinstate the park for play and recreation
- Unify the park area using a different surface treatment to the pavement and road.
- Design a play trail the length of the park – climbing boulders, integrated shapes in lawn etc.
- Seating – benches around tree trunks, integrated seats in planters, flexible seating with tables and chairs managed by local cafe/businesses.
Theme – De-clutter
- Street audit leading to removal of bollards and where necessary replacement with planters or similar. Also removal of knee rail around park border.
- A green growing wall on the back of McDonalds to soften the aspect to Rye Lane and to absorb pollution and noise.
- Pigeon control – A designated feeding area for persistant pigeon feeders and a ‘Pigeon Palace’ bird house above to concentrate the pigeons in one area. Working with cleansing team to replace eggs with stone eggs to control population, working with building owners to prevent nesting. For more information see http://www.gov.im/media/94135/pigeon_control_advice_guidance_doc.pdf
Theme – Reinforce link across Rye Lane
- Artwork on adjacent walls across Rye Lane visually links the two spaces across the busy high street.
- Surface treatment on Rye Lane itself in relevant colours/pattern to suggest a raised table (pavement level section of road) to interupt the linear route down Rye Lane and cause uncertainty for drivers at a high intensity pedestrian area.
- Provide visual cues – match the colour of the seating parasol with the canopy of the market stalls on the corners of Elm and Holly Grove and across Rye Lane.
Theme – Living Room
- Inner city forest – galvanised steel industrial bins with trees planted inside, with benches to be fixed between some of them.
- Peckham hall of fame – portraits of Peckham residents large scale displayed across the wall.
- Chalkboard as a visual conversation space.
- Reinstate gobo projector to poject motifs/logos/artwork on the screen above the cinema.
Theme – Safety
- Canopy of lights stretching the length of the corridor to the side of the multistorey carpark reduces crime and increases the feeling of safety.
- Mirrors to enable people to see around the corner as they walk into the corridor.
Theme – A lead in to future changes
- Artwork across the scaffolding wall either appearing as an illusion or simply a mural to disguise the yard wall.
- A deep clean to make the space more pleasent to spend time in.
- Flexible seating working with existing businesses, particularly hot food stalls, in the area.
Choumert Car Park
Theme – Outdoor Venue
- Residents have fought several times to keep this as open space but it is currently only a car park. We propose a dual use solution where the car park doubles as a venue for film screenings, music and street food.
- In the circular area a modern day bandstand will provide a permanent more intimate venue for performance, busking, and speaking.
Theme – Functioning through route
- Reinforce the currently informal walking and cycling route from Choumert Grove through to Rye Lane using lighting and/or colourful surface treatment.
- Declutter the bins and landscape the green area.
- Provide a designated cat feeding area to concentrate and control the food in one area.
- Brighten the corridor with a rotating artist in residence programme working with local art institutions.
Atwell Road & Bournemouth Close
Theme – Greening and softening
- Living green walls along as many walls as is available in Atwell Road
- A Cherry Tree in the centre of the Atwell Road ‘Square’
- Planting on top of the toilet block to disguise it.
- Greening the roofs of the garages in Bournemouth Close and potentially house a bee hive there.
- Provide bin stores to hide and tidy industrial bins away.
Theme – Declutter
- Removing bollards and replace with planters where necessary.
Theme – Reanimate the space
- Raised beds for growing food.
- Lockable compost to be operated on a trust system with local bsuinesses and traders composting their food waste.
- Flexible seating to be managed by local buisness.
- Bringing the voices of the local community into the space through a series of stories gathered from local residents.
- Regularly used cut through from Copeland Road car park to Atwell Road reinforced with a path illustrated with stories.
- Mural illustrating the stories of residents with access via QR code to digital material from the workshops.
- Informal play area, with either generic court markings or Ping pong.
Theme – Support pedestrian right of way
- As is being suggested for the area on Rye Lane in between Elm Grove and Moncrieff Place a suggested raised table using a temporary road surface treatment. This will warn drivers not to come around this corner too quickly.
There will be opportunities to get involved, so please ask to be added to the mailing list or check back on the blog for info. Full trials will happen in Spring but there will be a few opportunties before then so watch this space!