Local Assembly Member visits London’s first space dedicated to Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, has paid a visit to Peckham Palms, a new public square based on Bournemouth Close dedicated to Afro-Caribbean hair and beauty businesses. After the visit last Thursday, Ms Eshalomi praised the initiative for its showcasing of “businesses that have made Peckham so unique for so many years”.

Ms Eshalomi was joined on the visit by the Camberwell and Peckham MP, Harriet Harman and the Leader of Southwark Council, Peter John, alongside local councillors. The group met with local business owners to discuss the success of the scheme so far and the support that has been put in place by Southwark Council.

Peckham Palms launched in November 2018 following the signing of a 20-year lease with Southwark Council. The new public square currently provides affordable business space to over 30 hairstylists. A proportion of these businesses were relocated from their previous premises on Blenheim Grove due to the ongoing Rye Lane regeneration project.

Units on the site have been named after leading figures from the black community, including ‘Mae J’s’ Bar, dedicated to the legacy of Dr Mae Jemison, the first African American Woman to travel in space.

Local London Assembly Member, Florence Eshalomi AM, said:

“It was fantastic to visit Peckham Palms. I met with several stylists who have moved their business to Peckham Palms who had previously been based in units along Blenheim Grove. I was pleased to hear that they have been given the right level of support through this initiative.

“Ensuring local people benefit from growth and development in the borough should be of the upmost importance when thinking about regeneration schemes. I’m extremely pleased Southwark Council have done this with the Palms and that the businesses that have made Peckham so unique for so many years are still here and thriving.

“I was impressed with the facilities and space at Peckham Palms. The creativity and culture on display here in Peckham is second to none and this is a great way to invite people in from across London and showcase local talents.”

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