“It’s nice to have someone looking out for our community, we need more of these across London.” – Local resident Michaela Stones comments.
Despite being based on one of the busiest roads in Peckham, Holdrons Arcade is a building regularly ignored by passersby. Part of the Copeland Park and Bussey Building on Rye Lane, the building is home to various small start-up businesses. On November 1st I decided to break the spell, and venture inside the building and it was there amidst the bustling mix of clothing, food and music shops, that I came across the Peckham Vision Community Shop.
Offering a voice to the residents of Peckham, I believe that the concept of the community shop is one that should be repeated nationwide. The staff who work in the shop are all volunteers with a mutual interest in making resident’s voices heard.
Eileen Conn, a member of the Peckham Vision team says that “all we want is for our story to be heard. If more people were aware of what we do, they could create more groups like this across the borough and take their issues to the council too.
I think having more spaces like this in London would encourage a healthier work relationship between the council and residents and create a more harmonious living space.
The shop is open to the public on Saturdays from 2-5pm and the on the 1st Thursday of every month from 7-9pm.