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Southwark marks its Dementia Friendly status

Dementia Awareness Week

20 May 2016

In November 2014, Southwark Council agreed to formally sign up to join the National Dementia Declaration and move towards making Southwark a dementia friendly community.

Welcome to The Castle

The Castle Leisure Centre Today, (Friday 20 May) Cllr Peter John will officially open Elephant and Castle’s new leisure centre The Castle.

20 May 2016

More Leisure and culture news.

London invited to celebrate Peckham’s creative community this autumn

Southwark Council Peckham is emerging as the heart of London’s creative scene, attracting artists, musicians and performers from all over the city with its unique culture and vibrancy.

19 May 2016

More Leisure and culture news.

Southwark Council cabinet changes and new Mayor announced

Southwark Council Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, has announced changes to Southwark’s cabinet for the coming year.

14 May 2016

More Council and democracy news.

Ex-council employee jailed in one of the UK’s biggest housing fraud cases

Trudy A group of five fraudsters have been brought to justice for their involvement in a momentous housing fraud case involving 23 fake housing applications, dating back to 2003.

11 May 2016

More Housing news.

Southwark celebrates civic award winners and new mayor

Southwark civic awards 200x130 Southwark Council will be celebrating its citizens and leaders with three ceremonies taking place at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 14 May 2016.

11 May 2016

More Council and democracy news.

Southwark Council opens new Tate ‘gateway’ to the borough

Tate 'gateway' Southwark Council has officially opened the new and improved Sumner Street.

4 May 2016

More Regeneration news.

Castle Centre opens its doors

The Castle Leisure Centre This weekend the highly anticipated Castle Centre in the heart of Elephant and Castle, opened its doors for the very first time.

3 May 2016

More Leisure and culture news.

Link to London’s docklands past revealed as future plans take shape

Dry dock A hidden dry dock, dating from the 1860s and likely functioning as a working dock up until 1970, has recently been unearthed.

28 April 2016

More Regeneration news.

Free compost bin giveaways to Southwark residents

Compost In celebration of Compost Awareness Week (2 to 8 May), our recycling and waste partner Veolia are giving away five compost bins every day for the whole week.

26 April 2016

More Recycling and waste news.

Opening date set for Castle Centre

Castle Entrance Southwark Council is excited to announce the Castle Centre will open its doors to the public at 7am on Saturday 30 April 2016, with the official family fun open weekend set for 21 and 22 May.

22 April 2016

More Leisure and culture news.

Discover real nappies at your local library story time

Real nappies To celebrate Real Nappy Week (18 to 24 April), Southwark Council's recycling and waste partner Veolia are hosting baby and toddler storytime sessions as part of their real nappy demonstrations.

19 April 2016

More Children and families news.

Increase in the number of Southwark children getting their first preference school

School children Eighty five per cent of families who applied for a reception place for their child in Southwark this year have been given a place at their first preference school, the council have announced.

19 April 2016

More Education and learning news.

Register to vote now, or miss out

Ballot box The deadline for voter registration is fast approaching and local residents should take five minutes now to register, if they want to vote in the forthcoming London mayoral and assembly elections.

7 April 2016

More Voting and elections news.

Ex-council employee among five found guilty of ‘effectively stealing’ council homes

Justice Five fraudsters who dishonestly obtained council homes have been convicted for their corruption and deception.

7 April 2016

More Housing news.

Update on historic water charges and refunds for council tenants

Picture of a tap with running water Council tenants may be eligible for a refund for a proportion of the water charges they paid between April 2010 and July 2013.

7 April 2016

More Council and democracy news.

Party with The Queen

Street party It’s that time of year once again when Southwark residents can organise their very own street parties as a part of The Big Lunch.

7 April 2016

More Festivals and events news.

Southwark Council shortlisted for MJ Local Authority of the Year

MJ Finalist Southwark Council is the only London council to be selected as a finalist for MJ magazine’s prestigious Local Authority of the Year award. The competition was open to all 418 councils in the UK.

7 April 2016

More Council and democracy news.

New heating and hot water contractors announced

Southwark Council logo OCO Ltd and Smith and Byford Ltd have been announced as the council’s heating and hot water contractors.

30 March 2016

More Housing news.

Southwark unites to tackle FGM

Southwark Council One hundred and eighty professionals from across Southwark came together this week for the borough’s first major conference about female genital mutilation (FGM).

24 March 2016

More Community and living news.

Church fined for disturbing neighbours

Southwark Council Southwark Council has taken action against a Camberwell based church following floods of complaints from residents about persistent and excessive noise levels from almost daily church services.

23 March 2016

More Community and living news.

Dawn raid on illegal tobacco factories

Illegal tobacco Counterfeit rolling tobacco with a street value in excess of £30,000 was seized by Southwark Council in two dawn raids last week.

23 March 2016

More Trading standards news.

New architects announced to refurbish historic Peckham park area

Peckham Rye Park Southwark Council has announced the two firms who will be designing the new play facilities and changing room area at the historic Peckham Rye Park.

21 March 2016

More Regeneration news.

New charging regime for planning advice will see developers charged up to £4,500 per meeting with the council

Southwark Council Southwark Council has announced it will be increasing its charges for pre-application planning advice to reclaim the costs from larger developers.

17 March 2016

More Planning and building control news.

My Southwark Homeowners Agency

Keys If you’re one of the 665 people who responded to our survey on plans for a new homeowner agency … thank you!

15 March 2016

More Housing news.

All dogs to be microchipped by law from April

Border Collie From April this year, all dogs must be microchipped by law, otherwise owners can face a fine of £500, the Government has announced.

8 March 2016

More Community and living news.

Residents urged to speak out about suspected child abuse or neglect

Southwark logo Southwark residents are urged to open their eyes to child abuse and neglect, by a new government campaign from the Department of Education.

7 March 2016

More Health and social care news.

Southwark brings in greater protection for high streets

Southwark Council logo Planning chiefs at Southwark Council have put the final seal of approval on a move to protect the vitality and vibrancy of four major shopping areas in the borough by using an Article 4 Direction.

7 March 2016

More Business news.

Southwark gets record secondary school applications

Teacher and students with model of the human body Record numbers of applications for secondary school places have been received in Southwark this year.

2 March 2016

More Education and learning news.

Council green lights Peckham Station Square plans

Peckham Rye Station Plans to create new retail space, a new public square and regenerate the railway arches at Peckham Rye Station Square have been given the go ahead by Southwark’s planning committee.

2 March 2016

More Peckham and Nunhead regeneration news.

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