Southwark London Borough Council

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Election 2018 Results

Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change


Elected in 2018 49 Total councillors 49 Change+2

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 11 Total councillors 11 ChangeNo results


Elected in 2018 0 Total councillors 0 Change-2
Councillors change compared with 2014

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Southwark Council: Water bursts through tenant's ceiling

    Nicole Walters says she's repeatedly complained to Southwark Council about a leak but nothing has been done.

  2. London areas to receive Covid-19 mass testing kits

    Twenty one areas in London are to get mass testing for coronavirus.

    The kits, which can deliver results within 15 minutes, are being rolled out to select areas across the country.

    Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the tests would help to detect asymptomatic cases.

    The areas in London getting the kits are:

    Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Brent, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Wandsworth.

  3. Pavements widened in Southwark

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    Southwark Council has widened some pavements in the borough after consulting residents.

    The council launched a transport consultation in response to the Covid-19 crisis on how to make it easier for people to get around and social distance safely.

    Cheltenham Road in Peckham Rye, Denmark Hill, Artichoke Place in Camberwell, and Sumner Street near Borough Market, were the first to be widened.

    “We’re widening Cheltenham Road permanently to help people with social distancing.

    “We’re also working on Denmark Hill, Artichoke Place, Sumner Street – and we’ll be adding more soon, thanks to over 1,500 suggestions from you,” a council spokesperson said.

    The consultation remains open so residents can still suggest areas in their neighbourhood that need measures to make it easier for people to walk, cycle, and use public transport safely, while “limiting the impact of traffic pollution”.

  4. Coronavirus: Waste recycling centre closes

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    Southwark’s household waste recycling centre is closed until further notice.

    The council announced the move yesterday following the latest Government announcement that people should stay at home and only travel for essential reasons to slow the spread of Covid-19.

    “We are working closely with our partner, Veolia to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on household waste and recycling collections.

    “Currently, our collection services are operating with some delays, and you may see your waste collected on a later day than normal.

    “Please bear with us, we are prioritising the collection of household waste, and will reach you as quickly as possible if your collection is delayed,” according to the council.

    It said there were already plans in place to deal with potential changes such as reduced staffing levels or further movement restrictions.

  5. Southwark given government funds to improve IT system

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    The government has given Southwark Council £350,000 to improve its online planning applications system.

    Southwark is one of six councils to receive money from the local digital fund, aimed at supporting digital projects that improve public services.

    This round the £1.2m pot was divvied up between Southwark, Croydon, Lambeth, Greewich, Buckinghamshire, and Barnsley – 23 projects have already received £2.5 million from the fund.

    In Southwark, the money will go towards developing better ways of recording and using information.

  6. First rent hike for four years approved in Southwark

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    A council tenant rent hike of 2.7% has been approved by Southwark Council.

    The council’s final Housing Revenue Account (HRA) budget was agreed by cabinet this week and includes a rent hike for the first time in four years.

    The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 required local authority landlords to reduce rent by one per cent and cap it.

    This is the first year since that councils are allowed to increase rent, and Southwark has voted to raise it by the maximum of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate plus one per cent – according to the council it has lost more than £60 million pounds because of the reduction and cap.

    Service charges will increase from £8.97 to £9.25 per week, while standard garage charges will go from £20.70 to £21.30.

    Private renters will now pay £35.50 per week, an increase of £1.

    Council tenants, resident leaseholders and freeholders, who get a £5 discount, will pay £16.30, an increase of 60p.

    The council stands to take in more than £7 million from the increased charges, which will come into effect on 6 April, 2020, nearly £5 million of which will be from the hike in rents. Homeowner service charges will bring in £1 million.

  7. Council hails new dog poo rules a success

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    Dog walkers in Southwark have picked up more than 1,000kg of extra dog poo since “controversial” new rules for open spaces were brought in.

    Southwark Council approved new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in 2017 to tackle dog-related anti-social behaviour, which came into effect at the end of March 2018.

    The PSPOs were put in place to clamp down on dog fouling and walkers who were not controlling their pets properly.

    Walkers had to abide by a set of rules or be slapped with a fine of between £100 and £1,000. Rules included cleaning up poo, keeping dogs on a lead in certain areas and allowing a maximum of six dogs per walker. Playgrounds in the borough are also off limits.

    The PSPOs were contentious when first proposed, so councillors promised to review how the rules were going.

    Southwark's cabinet member for environment, transport and the Climate Emergency, Richard Livingstone, said the new controls were working well.

    Only 26 of the 234 people found breaking the rules were fined.

  8. Top marks for Southwark schools

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    Southwark schools have been given the highest Ofsted ratings the borough has ever seen this year, it was announced at a cabinet meeting this week.

    At the end of the 2018/19 academic year, 93% of schools overall were rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, which rose to 98% for early years provision.

    The council’s latest schools standards report, presented at cabinet and dubbed by councillors “the best the borough had ever seen”, also included provisional results for schools in the borough this year.

  9. More investment for cycling in Southwark

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    Southwark Council will use £138,000 raised from the Camberwell College of Art redevelopment to make the streets south of Burgess Park more cycle-friendly and reduce parking stress.

    Traffic will be slowed on St George’s Way and Wells Way to make it safer for cyclists sharing the road, whereas Commercial Way will get a two way cycle track.

    The junction of Kelly Avenue/Lyndhurst Way to Peckham Road will be fitted with two-stage turns for cyclists, however this junction is managed by Transport for London (TfL).

    The new scheme forms part of the Southwark cycle spine – a trunk cycle corridor which runs along calmer streets and complements TfL’s Quietways and separated cycleway schemes.

  10. Old Kent Road development at Southernwood Retail Park

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    Southernwood Retail Park

    Southwark Council is expected to give the go-ahead to another huge development of seven tower blocks up to 48 storeys for more than 700 flats, a supermarket, hotel, and cinema at the Southernwood Retail Park.

    The application, made by Glasgow City Council’s pension fund, will go before the planning committee next Thursday.

    It would see the demolition of two retail sheds, currently home to DFS, Carpetright, Sports Direct and an Argos Extra.

    Of the 724 flats, more than 35% will be affordable – with 148 flats let for social rent and 71 let at intermediate rent.

    Architect Pilbrow and Partners, which designed the scheme, said it will create a “balanced, inclusive and sustainable new neighbourhood in the heart of the Old Kent Road regeneration area.”

    “As the first phase of the Old Kent Road regeneration it will offer a renewed sense of identity and vitality to a historic part of the city,” according to its design and access statement.

    The scale of the scheme means that once it is approved by the committee it has to also be approved by the mayor of London.

    The scheme is one of seven approved or proposed large developments along Old Kent Road.

    This includes an approved 1,130 home, office and shopping development across three towers at 48, 37 and 26 storeys approved at Cantium Retail Park, two mixed use tower blocks of nine and 18 storeys with 153 flats for Frensham Street, three blocks of between six and 15 storeys for Glengall Road, a six-storey block for the Muslim Association of Nigeria, and three buildings up to 17 storeys with 1152 flats in the Ruby Triangle.

    Applications which have not yet been approved include four buildings up to 44 storeys with 420 flats on Malt Street, and three blocks between 10 and 28 storeys with 327 flats at Livesay Place.

  11. Applications open for university scholarship programme

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    The Southwark Scholarship Scheme is open to prospective unitversity students who are residents of Southwark borough, less than 25 years old, have a good academic record and "made a positive contribution to the community of Southwark".

    So far, the scheme which started in 2011, has helped more than 88 people enroll in higher education, according to the council.

    Council leader Peter John said: "The Southwark Scholarship Scheme is not only an investment in young people, but a helping hand for a generation that needs to gain the skills and experience to be the workforce of tomorrow."

  12. Hundreds of children in care moved far from home borough

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    Child sat alone on bench

    Hundreds of children in care in south London have been moved to live outside of their home borough, with some babies being moved as far away as Cambridgeshire.

    Southwark Council, which uses other companies to house children in care, oversaw 286 children being housed out of the borough this financial year.

    Some have been moved relatively nearby, to Croydon, Lewisham, Bexley and Lambeth, while others have gone to as far away as Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire and Medway.

    Concerns have been raised on a national level about children being housed away from their community because of a lack of choice in provision, the Local Democracy Reporting Service (LDRS) said.

    Earlier this year an all-party parliamentary group raised concerns that children living in distant placements were more likely to go missing and were at a higher risk of physical and sexual abuse, criminality and homeless.

    Southwark Council’s cabinet member for children, schools and adult care, Jasmine Ali, said a child may be placed out of the borough for a “number of reasons.”

    Concerns have also been raised about the higher cost of residential care from private providers, but Southwark Council does not record the cost of housing children out of the borough.

    Quote Message: “The council always puts the needs of a child first when we make a decision about one of our looked-after children. We will generally try to place young people with family members where possible, and often this means moving outside of the borough. In some cases, the specialist provision required by a child might only be available in a limited number of places around the country. Whatever the reason, the needs, wellbeing, and safety of the child will always drive our decision about the best place for one of our looked after children to live." from Jasmine Ali, Southwark Council
    Jasmine Ali, Southwark Council
  13. Council agree to refurbish Ledbury Estate towers

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    Ledbury Estate

    Southwark Council will refurbish the four towers on the Ledbury Estate, in a move which has been applauded by estate residents.

    Councillors unanimously voted to repair the buildings at a cabinet meeting, with the decision met with applause.

    To fund the £32.5m refurbishment, new homes will be built on land adjacent to the site, with at least 50% to be council homes.

    Last year, Bromyard House, Peterchurch House, Sarnsfield House, and Skenfrith House on Ledbury Estate were found to have structural problems.

    Checks revealed the four blocks had been built without the correct strengthening measures, with the tower blocks of a similar design to those at Ronan Point, where a 1968 gas explosion killed four residents.

    The building’s gas supply was cut off in August last year.

    A spokesperson for the Ledbury Residents Project Group said residents welcomed the decision.

    Cabinet member for housing Cllr Stephanie Cryan said the “unprecedented” decision gave some certainty to residents.

    She said there was “a lot around the logistics” left to be worked out, but the council report says work will first begin on Bromyard House.

  14. Lewisham station 'could be ready by 2029'

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    Proposed Bakerloo extension

    Designs for a new Lewisham station are being developed and could be completed as early as 2029, Transport for London has confirmed.

    This comes as Transport for London (TfL) announced further plans for the Bakerloo line extension, which will run from Elephant and Castle into Lewisham via the Old Kent Road.

    These include decisions about New Cross Gate station, which is being designed to minimise impact on access to the supermarket, and a confirmation the extension into Lewisham could be finished by 2029.

    The extension, which would make a “huge difference” to people’s lives, will support 25,000 new homes and 5,000 new jobs, according to TfL.

    It has been widely supported in the borough, with Lewisham Council joining with Southwark Council in efforts to boost support for the plans.

    Lewisham Council cabinet member for parks, neighbourhoods and transport Cllr Brenda Dacres: “The impact of the Bakerloo line extension cannot be underestimated – it will boost the economy in Lewisham and south-east London, provide the opportunity to build desperately-needed new homes and improve transport links into central London.

    “Almost 5,000 Londoners have given their views and this clearly reflects the importance with which they regard these plans. I would urge even more to engage and take part in the further consultation planned for next year,” she continued.

    Wearside Depot in Ladywell has been earmarked as a launch site for tunnel boring machines for the Bakerloo line, which will see hundreds of thousands of lorries moving material out of the area by 2024/25, Lewisham Council officers have previously said.

    This has caused concern for the regeneration in Ladywell, with plans including upward of 200 homes and leisure and entertainment facilities for the area.

    Heidi Alexander, deputy mayor for transport, said the changes would make it much easier to travel into central London.

    “I’m delighted that plans for the Bakerloo line extension are continuing to progress,” she said.

    “New Tube stations providing a direct route for commuters into the heart of central London and the joining up of key transport links across south London will reduce journey times and ease congestion, making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of south Londoners.”

  15. Cycle lanes for 'faster users' needed in Southwark

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    Southwark Council has proposed a new 'quietway' cycle route between Bermondsey and Peckam, but cyclists say routes for faster cyclists need to be developed "as a matter of urgency."

    The Transport for London-funded new route will go from Oxley Close in Bermondsey to Peckham High Street, and is part of a London-wide programme of continuous routes on quiet streets.

    The proposed cycleway is aimed at easing pressure on the Surrey Canal Path cycle route and can be used by those new to cycling, according to Southwark Council documents.

    "Quietways are ideal for less confident cyclists who want to cycle on lower-traffic streets, especially if they are new to cycling in London," the documents read.

    But a Southwark Cyclists spokesperson said the demand for cycling was increasing in the borough.

    He said the interest group had devised a route which ran along the western side of the Surrey Canal Path which faster cyclists could use. "We have been saying for three years what Southwark needs to do is devise a parallel route where cyclists can go fast," he said.

    The proposed route forms part of a longer route running south through Peckham and Peckham Rye, eventually reaching Catford in Lewisham, which will be considered for consultation at a later date, according to the documents.

    The scheme is estimated to cost £804,600 which will be fully funded as part of the TfL Quietway programme.

  16. Data breach of Ledbury Estate "case studies"

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    Southwark Council has reported itself for a data breach, after the names and addresses of three residents on the Ledbury Estate were left on a document which was made public.

    Speaking at an overview and scrutiny meeting, Councillor Maria Linforth-Hall asked the committee why the information appeared in the appendices of the agenda for the meeting, but was assured the document had been taken offline and the paper removed from the printed versions of the agenda.

    In a statement, councillor and chairman of the scrutiny committee Bill Williams, said: "Part of one of the reports that came to the scrutiny committee this week included case studies taken from residents, and while personal details had been removed from the vast majority of the report it turns out that three names were accidentally left into the version that went public."

    He said the council "takes any breach of data protection very seriously and as soon as the matter was raised to officers, on the afternoon of the meeting, steps were taken such as removing the report from the council's website and taking out the relevant page in the papers that had already been printed for that evening.

    "It was also reported immediately to the council's information governance team."