News Archive - 2017

Proposals to refurbish Rotherhithe council block with additional new homes submitted to planning

Plans to refurbish 144 existing homes - and build a five storey extension to create 24 more – on a Rotherhithe housing block have now been submitted by Southwark Council.

'We are not a borough that cowers in fear – we stand strong against division'

Cllr Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, said: “Yesterday’s horrific events on Westminster Bridge and outside Parliament have shocked and saddened us all, but they have also reminded us of London’s strength and resilience. Through the horror shone incredible acts of bravery, compassion, dignity and kindness, and Londoners from all backgrounds and communities came together to condemn these evil acts."

Former world boxing star returns to estate to celebrate launch of new homes

Residents of one of south London’s newest housing schemes joined community leaders and some well-known names to celebrate a milestone last Friday (17 March).

Southwark Council launches independent homeowner agency

Feedback from leaseholders in Southwark has told the council that the service it provides to homeowners, in its former state, was not fit for purpose. In 2014, after listening to what residents told the council they needed, Southwark Council pledged to establish an independent, bespoke service specifically for homeowners.

Drugs found during illicit tobacco investigation

A haul of class B drugs estimated to be worth approximately £100,000 and 1,500 fake DVDs have been discovered by council officers as part of an long running illicit tobacco investigation.

Southwark to place pubs under protection with new Article 4 Direction

All 188 pubs in Southwark have been given an extra layer of protection from development this week.

Council confirms £22m from One The Elephant will pay for leisure centre

Final figures have been released around the sale of a brand new building at Elephant and Castle – and the council will get £22m, more than enough to pay for The Castle leisure centre.

Diocese approves council’s plan to create burial spaces in Camberwell cemeteries

Southwark Council has been granted approval from the Diocese of Southwark to pursue plans to create burial spaces in Camberwell Old Cemetery and Camberwell New Cemetery.

Council shuts down Korean restaurant after catastrophic food safety failings

A local Korean restaurant has been closed down by Southwark Council’s food safety team after a routine inspection found a catalogue of poor hygiene standards and food safety concerns. Council officers were forced to take the unusual step due to the high risk to public health.

A £35m investment into new community facilities at heart of one of London’s biggest regeneration projects has been approved

In the face of increasing financial pressures, Southwark Council is continuing to invest in brand new community facilities, including a new library, GP surgery, early years’ nursery and community space, on the Aylesbury estate.