Why has nobody ever told me how beautiful Peckham Rye is? On Saturday the wife and I took our new bicycles out for a spin, and I headed over there thinking it was just a large expanse of grass, like Burgess Park.
I wasn’t expecting to see gardens American, English and Japanese, a lake full of duck and goose families, an arboretum of great variety, and lots and lots of flowers… this huge, lovely resource right on our doorstep. A very well-kept secret.
Picked up a copy of the Camberwell Quarterly earlier that day; it contains an interesting biographical piece on Henry Maudsley, founder of the eponymous hospital.
Also in the magazine is the news that the owners of Butterfly Walk applied for permission to extend the centre with an extra storey and more space out back, for restaurants and a six-screen cinema. The application has been refused, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will try again.
The school on the corner of Southampton Way and Peckham Road (the name of which escapes me) has been closed down, to be replaced by flats. Everywhere we look permission has been given for new housing, yet we have few amenities, fewer schools and no improvement in transport. The new residents will have to send their children to distant schools, on overcrowded buses on congested streets. What is to become of Camberwell?
Silly me, the school is being refurbed, not closed down. Ignore my final paragraph lamentation.