Leader of the council and cabinet members

Councillor Catherine Rose

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Streets & Clean Air 

Cllr Rose will increase the quality of the borough’s parks and green spaces. She will ensure that the borough’s streets are safe to travel, and increase the number of people who use them on foot or by bike, making cycling genuinely accessible to all. Cllr Rose is responsible for transport policy, streets and highway infrastructure, traffic management and parking enforcement. She will promote sustainability and cleaning up our air, particularly around schools. Cllr Rose will keep Southwark clean, leading on waste management, increasing recycling and reducing waste to landfill. She is responsible for supporting sports, our leisure services and cultural institutions across Southwark, ensuring the borough continues to be a vibrant and exciting place to live and work.

Cllr Rose will be responsible for delivering our commitment to:

  • deliver more high quality green spaces and parks
  • a new right to community gardens or food-growing plots on estates
  • plant 20,000 trees and create more tree canopy cover
  • improve air quality and road safety at every Southwark school
  • design safer, greener and healthier streets and routes for walking and cycling 
  • work with TfL to reduce traffic on main roads and make bus journeys quicker and more reliable 
  • ensuring older and younger people, women and our Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities all have a full say, so we design streets and transport that works for everyone 
  • deliver on our Equal Pavements Pledge 
  • make Southwark a Cycle Friendly Borough. 
  • offer free cycle lessons for all Southwark residents 
  • double the number of cycle hangars 
  • more segregated cycle lanes and extending cycle hire 
  • create new ways for residents on low incomes to access an affordable bike 
  • encourage people to switch to less polluting cars
  • pilot incentives to residents to give up their cars altogether 
  • deliver 1000 more electric vehicle charging points in Southwark 
  • help businesses switch to zero pollution delivery vehicles 
  • work with the Mayor of London to upgrade Southwark’s train and tube stations
  • campaign with the Mayor of London to protect and improve public transport
  • ensure Southwark has one of the highest recycling rates in inner London, including extending food waste recycling to estates 
  • upgrade street and estate lighting across the borough, installing clearer, safer, greener LEDs
  • keep your streets and estates clean
  • expand our library service, increasing the range of services you can access through them 
  • open a new library on the Aylesbury and an expanded library on the Kingswood Estate
  • establish a new in-house Active Southwark Service designed to help you stay healthy and fit 
  • celebrate Southwark’s rich diversity, funding local community groups to deliver events and festivals that showcase the diverse histories, music, food and art of our communities 

Cllr Rose will have wider responsibility for:

  • parks, trees and biodiversity 
  • transport policy and travel strategy
  • active travel, walking and cycling
  • public transport and accessible travel
  • relationship with TfL
  • highways and parking
  • street cleaning, fly-tipping and graffiti  
  • estate cleaning and grounds maintenance (working with the Cabinet Member for Council Homes and Homelessness) 
  • pest control
  • flooding, flood defences, internal waterways, moorings, marinas and associated infrastructure 
  • cemeteries and crematorium services
  • libraries and heritage
  • culture and events
  • leisure services
  • sports

Page last updated: 20 September 2022

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