We're a group of Streatham residents who love Streatham Common and the Rookery and want to see it managed better and improved for the benefit of all users of the common.
At a well attended public meeting held by the Friends of Streatham Common in late 2012, we discussed some broad proposals from the council regarding possible structures for future management of the common. It was decided at that meeting to set up a working group to look at options for some form of co-operative working with the council. Proposals from this working group to set up a Co-operative were presented at the Friends AGM in June 2013 and were backed by an overwhelming majority.
How we got started
Since then, we've been working along with the council and other supporters to try to progress this idea. We have been provided with a grant for pre-feasibilty funding from the SIB group for publicity, a business plan and legal work. We also have won consultancy support from the wider co-operative movement, provided by empower.
In 2013 the council consulted on major changes to how Lambeth's parks are run and we have worked with them to come up with a model that we hope will deliver better services while retaining the democratic oversight and responsibility that the council provides. On the 9th December 2013 the cabinet agreed in principle to establish a local co-operative to manage the Common, Rookery and memorial gardens with profits being reinvested back into the common. On the 9th July 2014, the council approved the Cooperative Parks Pioneer Support Programme, which provides SCCoop with funding to get started.
Our name for this new organisation is the Streatham Common Co-operative or SCCoop. Officially our legal entity is called Streatham Common Community Operations Limited due to legal restrictions when we registered as an Industrial and Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community.
Most people we talk to can see how the Common is such a great resource for Streatham and how it could be so much better, we just need to get the community together to make sure the common is no longer overlooked and it too gets its share of parks investment in Lambeth. Please support us now.