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
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Hundreds of children in care moved far from home borough

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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.

“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."

Jasmine Ali, Southwark Council

Council agree to refurbish Ledbury Estate towers

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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.

Lewisham station 'could be ready by 2029'

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Proposed Bakerloo extension
Transport for London

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.”

Cycle lanes for 'faster users' needed in Southwark

Local Democracy Reporting Service


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.

Data breach of Ledbury Estate "case studies"

Local Democracy Reporting Service

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."

Labour holds Southwark

Labour holds Southwark, increasing its majority from 33 to 38.

Businesses forced to move during Peckham Rye refurb

Graphic of what the new Peckham Rye station could look like
Southwark Council

Southwark Council has confirmed businesses around Peckham Rye Station will have to relocate, as work begins to transform the area around the station into a "vibrant public square".

The council says the Grade II listed station building will be "enhanced" and will "provide a sense of safety".

The project, which is due to be completed by the summer, will see Southwark Council work with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and Network Rail.

During the work, the council says businesses around the Blenheim Grove area will have to move temporarily