The saving of Brayards Green 2010
People at a fun day on 16th July 2010 at Brayards Estate Peckham had double cause for celebration, when it was announced vital green space in their area will not be developed on.
Residents flocked to Brayard's Green, off Brayard's Road, on this sunny weekend and enjoyed the usual bouncy castles, face painting, as well as food and drink laid on courtesy of BETRA.
But they were also delighted to hear that the park area on their estate, part of which had been set aside for housing, will no longer be built on.
The new cabinet member for regeneration, Cllr Fiona Colley, made the announcement to round off a great day for residents. Lorraine Beck, chair of BETRA, stated: "Everyone was just so joyful and they were cheering the announcement. It is something we have been fighting to save for seven years and we are so grateful for the support of local councillors and Fiona Colley in particular."
She added: "We want to push forward with plans for the area and at the weekend we began to talk about ideas people have for the green and the estate."
The campaign to halt the latest plans gathered pace in February 2008, and locals have attended countless meetings, in an effort to make their voice heard.
Cllr Colley, who represents the Nunhead ward, said: "We took the opportunity to announce the news. We stated that the plans
to build on the cage and the green area had been cancelled. The next stage will be to start thinking of the future of the area and what can be done with the green area. We can make it better than ever and we need to start looking at taking that forward."
She went on to state: "We may still need to build on the garage sites in the area and other areas around Nunhead. We will find ways to build new housing, but we need to protect the green spaces we have."