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.

On many crossings, lights for pedestrians stay on red even while the traffic are on red also. Accumulatively, this leads to a large amount of wasted time, as well as frustrating not just pedestrians but also drivers, as they wait expectantly for a pedestrian red light to lead quickly to a green light for them.

 

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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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Hopes for cycle hire scheme expansion in Southwark diminished

Hopes that the Mayor’s Cycle Hire Scheme will be extended further into Southwark were diminished this week after it was revealed that the cycle hire scheme is not currently considered a prioritised project by Southwark Council.

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Labour run Southwark Council facing financial disaster

A recent report published by Labour run Southwark Council has highlighted significant financial mismanagement after it was revealed that it utilised over £27 million of Southwark’s depleting reserves in the last financial year.

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Residents join together to discuss a new vision for Southwark

Residents from across Southwark joined the Liberal Democrats last Thursday to discuss their ideas on how to improve the borough.

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