Lib Dem pressure sees Council commitment to protect homes at risk from demolition in Elephant

A commitment to protect council housing from demolition in Elephant & Castle has been delivered by the Leader of Southwark Council after representations and pressure from Liberal Democrat Councillors.

The issue was first brought to the attention of Southwark Council by Councillor David Noakes, Deputy Leader of Southwark Liberal Democrats and Cathedrals ward councillor, when a TfL consultation document included hundreds of council homes and green space at the Elephant and Castle in an “area under consideration” for a new larger ticket office and worksite.

However, having questioned the Council leader at a public meeting in April, Liberal Democrat councillors have been reassured that the Council has no plans to support any TfL proposals that may involve council housing or green space being at risk.

Councillor David Noakes, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and a Cathedrals ward councillor, said:

“I am delighted that after making representations and seeking reassurance on behalf of our constituents, the Council leader has given a verbal commitment that the new Bakerloo line extension will not be pursued at the expense of existing residents. We will continue to monitor developments on behalf of our constituents and ensure that any transport infrastructure improvements in the area are for the benefit of those who live in the area not at their expense.”