Save The Spike Surplus Scheme sign now

Support and save one of Peckham's most vibrant community resources

The Spike Surplus Scheme is a community-led initiative in Peckham that has been operating on a voluntary basis for a decade. It was reclaimed from an abandoned fly-tipped site and the land opened up for community activities. In a borough where nearly half the population is poor or borderline poor (according to Southwark Council website), the Scheme is dedicated to providing affordable and free-where-possible services to the local community. The Scheme incorporates a rehearsal/recording studio, a martial arts/meditation/ health space, community garden and much more. It has been largely self-sustaining, relying on donations from local users, albeit mostly in terms of time and skills rather than cash in such a poor neighbourhood. It is truly a vibrant example of community in action. It has thrived thanks to a supportive council attitude and modest grants.

"There are many local people and community and faith organisations that are actively involved in making their neighbourhood a better place. We aim to widen the number of people, especially young people, involved in community affairs as well as make the council and its partners more responsive to them when they do get involved." (Southwark Council website)

This is all about to change.

On April 8 2008 the Council Executive decided to auction off the 39B Consort Road (the Spike Surplus Scheme), unless it can raise a minimum of 500,000 within three months.

With less than four hours notice of their intended decision, we pleaded (in our five allotted minutes) for an affordable lease or some more time, but to no avail.

We then appealed to the Scrutiny and Review Committee, again with no success. Please give us your support and sign the petition.

We, the undersigned, demand that the council:

Stop the auction of Spike Surplus Scheme.

Do not declare the Spike Surplus Scheme as surplus to requirements (as recommended in the deputy chief executive's report to the executive councils meeting on April 8 2008).

Support this and other community-led regeneration projects to make Southwark a better place to live.

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  • 24 February 20161000. Richard W
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  • 13 February 2016993. Cissy Escobar
    save spike. spike does good in a place where good is needed. save spike.
  • 12 February 2016992. Catherine T
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  • 08 February 2016991. Karen M
    If Spike closesd down it would be a travesty to the local community as a whole, please save Spike Address, Post Code Peterboroguh
  • 05 February 2016990. Susie M
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  • 30 January 2016989. Madeleine D
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  • 29 January 2016988. M G
    Shame if such a great community resource is lost! Address, Post Code Forest Hill
  • 27 January 2016987. Mark L
    why ruin a good thing for money
  • 21 January 2016986. Ken T
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  • 16 January 2016985. Kate Bradshaw
    Spike - The Community Place in Peckham Address, Post Code SE23
  • 08 January 2016984. Courtney S
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  • 06 January 2016983. Mark L
    please dont lose special places, its what makes London - WHY CANY GOVERNEMENT SEE THIS. COME ON BORIS GET INVOLVED! Address, Post Code n1
  • 06 January 2016982. Jane M
    If this site is sold it will be a terrible and short-sighted waste of a great community resource
  • 05 January 2016981. Mt Jacobs
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  • 05 January 2016980. Edmund C
    Please keep it
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  • 28 December 2015977. Katy B
    please don't let the spike be turned into a new development! there's so much there that is worthwhile to the local community Address, Post Code E9 5SL
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Lance DoyleBy:
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Southwark Council

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