Councillors working to resolve youth violence

South London has been plagued with youth violence and anti-social behaviour in recent times. The reasons for this are many and not simple to solve. Cllr William Houngbo is the Opposition Spokesperson for Community Safety and has taken a special interest in helping to address these issues in our ward and in our community. He has proactively taken steps, alongside the other agencies in Southwark, to start turning the situation around so we can all start to feel safer and worry less when our teenagers are out and about.

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Southwark Council’s latest ‘Gravy Train’ scandal

Local groups and opposition councillors have accused Labour-run Southwark Council of ‘stitching up’ a body that’s intended to be a grassroots-up forum and ‘feathering their own nest’ by giving their own pick over £12,000 for chairing a panel that will meet just three times a year.

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‘Betrayal’ of bus route closure

Transport for London have announced plans to scrap the RV1 bus service altogether. The environmentally-friendly, zero-emissions bus route connects Covent Garden, the London Eye, South Bank, Tate Modern, the Globe, Borough Market, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. 

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'Opportunity Missed' on Bricklayers' Arms tube station

Transport for London have rejected calls from campaigners and the public to build a tube station at Bricklayers Arms. Although those living and working south of the river have always had far fewer tube stations, under guidance from Labour Mayor, TfL decided to save money in the short-term by opposing building a new station at the roundabout. For local businesses and commuters, this will be seen an opportunity of a lifetime missed, especially as this is one of the fastest-growing parts of the city.

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One-way solution to London Bridge congestion

A one-way system’s been introduced on Leathermarket Street, after almost a year’s campaigning by the local Liberal Democrat councillor, Damian O’Brien.

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Southwark knife-capital of London

The latest police figures show that Southwark currently has the highest number of knife incidents and injuries in London. On average there are around 18 knife crime incidents every week in Southwark with a stabbing happening almost every day. Furthermore while knife crime increased by a quarter across the capital over the last year, in Southwark the figures went up by twice as much.

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Golden Goodbyes paid out

The first ‘Golden Goodbye’ payments for Southwark council cabinet members have been paid out, with a second batch in the pipeline. These payments, which the UK government states are ‘unlawful’, are given to councillors that cease to be cabinet members either by voluntarily resigning or are relieved of their post.

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Lib Dem defy expectations with election success

In a surprise defiance of expectations, Southwark Liberal Democrats emerged from the election in a strengthened positon and with the real possibility of increasing their overall numbers when the election of the contested seat of London Bridge & West Bermondsey takes place in mid-June.

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RV1 cuts 'will cause a stink'

A Freedom of Information inquiry about the decision to halve the RV1 bus route show that behind closed doors, officials thought that it was ‘one of the biggest’ changes of recent times, which was implemented ‘very quickly’. Some implied that announcing the big cut should have been delayed until after the election, as ‘there will be a stink’.

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Lib Dems shown as 'hardest working' councillors

Next month, voters in the ward of London Bridge and West Bermondsey will decide who they want to represent them on Southwark Council. The election has been delayed due to the death of a conservative councillor. With Southwark Labour retaining overall control of the council, voters in the ward are focusing their attention on the candidates and how well they’ll be served.

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