There are more than 290,000 residents in Southwark (and counting). They speak 120 languages and represent every continent around the globe. And it’s that diversity of people that makes our borough so special and so vibrant. It’s the blend of voices, cultures and personalities that make Southwark, well, Southwark. And it’s why we treat everyone as an equal priority, whatever their background. We are working with local people, communities and businesses to innovate, improve and transform public services. This is the philosophy behind our vision: a fairer future for all.
Working with our development partners, we’re leading a £3 billion regeneration of Elephant and Castle, creating 5,000 new homes, 450,000 square feet of retail space, an integrated transport hub, green spaces and a state-of-the-art leisure centre.
The new sports facility, The Castle, will include a six-lane, 25 metre swimming pool, learner pool, four court sports hall, a gym, exercise studios, a crèche and a cafe.
And everything we do is underpinned by an all-inclusive modernisation agenda – transforming how we work to keep up with the ways our residents and businesses use technology, while continuing to provide a first-class business support service.
Elephant and Castle is just one of many areas under development.
In Walworth we’ve delivered 261 new homes since 2010 and a further 147 are in development. Over the next 20 years, they’ll be joined by a further 4,000 new homes, half of which will be affordable housing, as well as new streets, squares and facilities.
It’s also an exciting time for Peckham and Nunhead. We’re leading the development of new schools, green spaces, homes and a community centre.
Over in Canada Water, we’re overseeing their evolution into a new waterside town centre, with a state-of-the-art library, 2,500 homes, 2,000 new jobs, community facilities and shops.
In Blackfriars, the recently opened new Thameslink Station, is soon to be enhanced with a nearby Tate extension. And we’re working with partners to deliver the Blackfriars Mile, a stretch of high quality public realm connecting the river with the Elephant and Castle.
And together with the GLA we are preparing a new plan for the Old Kent Road and surrounding area. The plan will guide and manage new development and growth in the area over the next 15 years.
Our cycling strategy, a commitment to invest over £30m in cycling over the next five years, has been awarded best cycling network strategy at the first ever Cycling Planning Awards.
And we’ve been building while others are closing - 337 libraries have closed in the UK in the last four years – and during this time, we’ve invested £100 million in libraries and leisure since 2007.
And there’s plenty more to come.
Over the next 30 years, we’re building 11,000 new council homes.
We’re rolling out an ethical care charter so that older people can live independent lives for longer.
With free gym access and more NHS health checks, we’re making good health accessible to all.
And we’re doing much more besides.
Together, we will make this borough a place to be proud of.
We’ll build a fairer future for all.
See our fairer future promises.