PROJECTS: STRATEGY & ACTION PLAN 2021
From 2018-21, our SE5 Forum Strategy focused on Business, Transport & Identity and, in 2021, we added Environment. We have also promoted a more cohesive town centre vision for Camberwell.
In October 2021, we welcomed six new board members and in 2022, will focus on: continuing our Transport priorities, and creating two new sub-committees – Events and Improving Camberwell Streets. We will also continue with our partnership projects – Camberwell Identity Group and our Trees & Open spaces group.
We engage and consult with all areas of the Camberwell community to get feedback and guidance on what residents and businesses would like to see in their area. We send out a regular e-newsletter to forum members on local news and on ways of having your say in local issues. Below is a summary of what we focused on in 2021.
Our partnership Camberwell Identity Group – with Camberwell Arts and Camberwell Society – created 2 of 4 Camberwell murals, created more Camberwell banners, a Camberwell map and Black History walk. We also engaged with large developments, such as Camberwell Station Road and Butterfly Walk, to ensure Camberwell identity designs are included in planning schemes.
We work alongside our Business group to promote local businesses and organisations with the new Camberwell identity merchandise and through the Camberwell Life website and the new Travel Guide to Camberwell.
Our SE5 Forum identity group also set up Camberwell Talks in 2021.
Our transport group focused on:
• Tram: working with stakeholders and Southwark Council on the possibility of a tram line to Camberwell from Elephant & Castle.
• Train: continuing our campaign to re-open the train station, again working with Southwark and Lambeth Council and other key stakeholders.
• Bus idling on the green: a push to get bus drivers to stop causing unnecessary pollution on Camberwell green when leaving buses idling at changeover points.
• Promote cycling routes and safety, more on-street bike storage, and the cyclist experience in Camberwell.
We provided online support for local businesses during the Covid lockdowns, and promoted local businesses with our new Camberwell identity merchandise, Camberwell Business Champion scheme, Camberwell Life website and Love Local campaign.
With the Camberwell Identity group, we developed Love Local merchandise using the new Camberwell identity for businesses to use in their shop fronts, on tote bags and in communications to promote our local business community. We already have more than 60 businesses signed up as Camberwell Business Champions on our Camberwell.life website. We also printed a new Travel Guide to Camberwell featuring local businesses.
We are also developing our Saturday market stall on Camberwell Green into a Camberwell community stall – to open up to other local voluntary organisations, plus give the chance for local artists, designers and groups to promote themselves.
Low Line: working on creating a walking route from Coldharbour Lane to Walworth.
Greening & trees: self-guided walks and events to promote the area’s trees and green spaces for and for health and wellbeing. Promote area as green neighbourhood. Caring for local green heritage.
WINS & Successes:
2021: Wins & successes so far.
Camberwell Identity designs: the Camberwell Station Road development will incorporate some of the Camberwell identity designs in the plans. SE5 Forum has representation on the design panel. Also an agreement with MJW developers of Butterfly Walk to incorporate Camberwell identity. MJW has paid for temporary banners in the mall and murals on Wren Road. Denmark Hill station: Camberwell Identity-themed second entrance to open in August 2021.
Southwark New Plan: A statement of common ground has been agreed, which agrees to consider community use, creative economy, local markets and health economy, town centre unique identity, mechanisms to engage community and stakeholders.
Transport: Caroline Pidgeon, Deputy Chair of the Transport Committee at the London Assembly, put a question to London Mayor about bus idling around Camberwell Green.
Murals: A new mural Welcome to Camberwell with a musical theme went up on the wall outside the Piano Factory building on Peckham Road, thanks to local crowdfunding, and received coverage in local news. It’s part of our Camberwell Identity Group mural project to have four murals welcoming people to Camberwell on each main road.