Below is our full policy paper on Environment, Transport and Leisure.
This paper outlines a number of key policy priorities, including:
Walking, cycling and transport
- Introducing protected cycle lanes along all main roads in Southwark as part of our plans to turn Southwark into the premier cycling borough of London.
- Rolling-out a new network of cycle facilities across the borough including cycle stands, lockers and Community Bike Repair Stations.
- Working with TfL to extend the London bike hire scheme further into Southwark and install more docking stations in busy areas where it already operates.
- Sorting out Southwark’s potholes, broken pavements and walking route signs, allowing communities to decide their own spending priorities for the area.
- Pushing the Mayor and TfL for a Bakerloo line extension south through the borough beyond Elephant & Castle.
A cleaner and greener Southwark
- Making Southwark Council carbon-neutral by 2018 including council offices, schools and leisure centres throughout the borough.
- Clamping down on high polluting vehicles in the borough to tackle poor air quality and remove unfit cars and lorries from Southwark’s streets.
- Protecting trees and green spaces in Southwark by making sure any decisions about their removal goes to Community Councils.
- Cleaning up Southwark’s streets and tackle the huge rise in fly-tipping by giving communities extra cash for street cleaning.
- Installing split bins across the borough to raise recycling rates, and also offer rewards to communities with the best recycling records.
Arts, sports and culture
- Investing in local sports and leisure including a new lido in Southwark Park as part of a full refurbishment of Seven Islands leisure centre, bringing the Southwark Park athletics track back into use and completing the new leisure centre at Elephant & Castle.
- Opening up school facilities outside of school hours so they can be used by all sections of the community for sports, adult education and arts.
- Providing funding for more and better children’s play areas with a dedicated pot of cash that community councils can use for new playgrounds and youth clubs, or to refurbish existing ones.
- Making better use of the huge cultural wealth in the borough by working with established galleries and theatres, as well as emerging independent artists and film makers, to promote their work and to develop a cultural offer accessible to all.
- Protecting the council’s libraries and work with the voluntary sector to explore opportunities for service improvements.
Read the full 2014 council elections manifesto at www.southwark-libdems.org.uk/manifesto.
This policy paper was published February 2014.