Campaign gathering speed to stop cuts to vital London Riverside bus service

Southwark Liberal Democrats are calling on the Mayor of London to take urgent action to stop the RV1 bus service being cut in half.

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Southwark Council increases Council Tax ‘to the max’

Labour-run Southwark Council have announced they will increase council tax by 3% this year. This is the second year in a row they have done so. This is the maximum amount they are legally allowed to increase council tax, without triggering a local referendum. These increases are larger than inflation and average pay rises and will therefore mean Southwark residents will be poorer year-on-year.

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Controversial plans for redeveloping Elephant & Castle deferred

Southwark Council’s Planning Committee met on Tuesday night to vote again on the proposals for demolishing and redeveloping the Elephant & Castle shopping centre. The Committee voted to defer the decision to a later date.

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Plans for a Bricklayers’ Tube station considered by Mayor Khan

The case for building a tube station at the Bricklayers’ Arms as part of the Bakerloo Line extension is being considered by the Mayor of London, with a response to the ongoing consultation promised early this year. Local groups have this week presented the Mayor with a letter making the case for the station, which was also signed by both Labour and Liberal Democrat councillors from Southwark. The proposals enjoy cross-party support, with only the local MP Neil Coyle voicing opposition to the plans.

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Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre plans dealt a blow

Plans for demolishing and rebuilding the Elephant and Castle shopping centre were dealt a blow this week by a surprise decision from Southwark Council’s Planning Committee. The proposals by the development firm Delancey were expected to pass, given they the full support of the Labour Council’s leadership.

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Green light for a green light

Local Liberal Democrats in Southwark have called for a review of traffic lights across the borough.

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Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre Plans criticized

Plans to demolish and rebuild the Elephant & Castle shopping centre have been criticized by many, for not providing enough social and affordable housing and for placing the interests of national and international companies over the future of existing independent traders.

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Southwark ‘has most empty homes in London by far’

Latest figures discovered by the Liberal Democrats show the scale of the housing crisis in Southwark, in particular the number of empty homes. Over 5000 homes in Southwark lie empty, far more than any other London Borough and three times the average across the capital.

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Case for a Bricklayer's Arms station is overwhelming

  

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Council backtracks on ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy on fire-risk management

Local residents were recently told that they had to remove doormats, pot plants and flower boxes in front of their homes.

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