South London Portas Pilot SEE3: Pop-up shops come to Sydenham, Forest Hill and Kirkdale

Portas Pilot pop-up shops come to Sydenham, Forest Hill and Kirkdale

The launch event of south London Portas Pilot SEE3 pop-up shops

Craft work with Lisa Comfort at the launch event

First published in Lewisham News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

POP-up shops, a retro market and a community hub have sprung up across Sydenham, Forest Hill and Kirkdale.

Customers flocked to the launch event of south London Portas Pilot SEE3 which is part of an £80k revamp of the towns’ high streets.

The pop-up line-up includes The Butchery in London Road, Forest Hill, an art exhibition and Christmas decorations workshop at Pen and Gravy in Kirkdale, and artist collective Conquer Gear in Station Approach, Sydenham.

The first of two community hubs 'Jill' – offering space for workshops and exhibitions – was opened by Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock at the launch on December 1.

Lewisham Council cabinet member for community services Councillor Chris Best said: "The project has been bringing more people together to start to deliver innovative ways of rejuvenating our high streets, including new street markets, start-up opportunities for new businesses and creative exhibitions.

"After a few short months we were able to deliver on the formal opening of ‘Jill’ as our community hub.

We had so much enthusiasm and excitement from the community that it highlighted by working together with local partners and existing traders we can change the look and feel of our high streets."

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