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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Southwark loses a tree every day

Latest figures released show that over the last four years, Southwark Council have felled 2,248 trees in the borough. For every three trees it cuts down, it only replaces one, meaning overall Southwark loses a tree every single day under the Labour council. Moreover, 144 tree beds which are ready to have trees replanted in them lie empty.

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‘Complacent’ Southwark Labour pocket taxpayers’ cash

Southwark Council has confirmed that three members of the Council Cabinet who announced their resignation months ago will each receive four-figure pay-offs. Opposition Liberal Democrat councillors have described as a ‘scandalous use of council taxpayers’ money’.

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Southwark loses a police officer every week

Latest figures from the Borough Commander show that Southwark has 60 fewer police officers this year compared to last, meaning that Southwark loses a police officer every week. Over the same period of time, knife crime and moped-enabled crime in Southwark have increased by half and muggings have increased by a quarter. All of these increases are double the London average.

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Mayor admits mistakes in bus route cuts

Sadiq Khan accepted that mistakes had been made by Transport for London, when it decided to halve the RV1 bus route service. Cuts to the route, which connects Covent Garden to Tower Hill via the Southbank and Bankside, were announced suddenly last month, without any consultation with residents or passengers.

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Survey shows scale and solutions to Southwark crime wave

Southwark Liberal Democrats have surveyed locals about crime, following the surge across the borough and the capital in the last few years. Robberies in Southwark were up a quarter last year, while knife crime, gun crime and violent crime went up by almost half – roughly double the rise across London as a whole. The capital is now more dangerous than New York for rape, robbery and violent crime.

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Submission to CS4 consultation: De-congestion of Jamaica Road

Introduction

Jamaica Road is one of the most gridlocked roads anywhere in Britain. The overriding priority for residents, local businesses and road users – pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and bus users – is to cut congestion.

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