I received a copy of Camberwell Renewal magazine this morning, a free publication which explains what is being done to renew Camberwell (duh).
Main features are on street drinking and crime; in the case of the former a ‘wet centre’ has been set up, in the case of the latter there’s a small team of police working out of the Police Station (duh, again).
Many local government campaigns start off with good intentions but have limited power, becoming mere talking shops before quietly fading away. I hope this one doesn’t go that way, as Camberwell is a great area to live in but does feel a little shabby in one or two places and could certainly do with a few renewal projects.
The micro-redevelopment of Butterfly Walk has finished; a new, lighter-coloured floor has been lain and (I think) the glass roof cleaned, so it seems much brighter and more open. Just little changes like that can make a big difference to how an area looks and how the people who live there feel about it.
Still no word on the Grove Lane development, however; how am I going to find out about that when the Southwark News doesn’t have a web presence?