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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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”.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.