This is Southwark.

Just six miles long from the foot of the Shard to the deepest corner of Dulwich Woods, Southwark punches above its weight. Diverse and dynamic. Home to 92 parks and open spaces, 120 languages, and a thriving cultural scene, there’s really nowhere quite like it.

But while we’re proud of who we are today, we’re also looking to the future. We have bold ambitions to create 5,000 new jobs, 2,000 new apprenticeships, and 11,000 new council homes. We’re leading an ambitious programme of regeneration that is transforming areas from Elephant and Castle to Canada Water to Peckham.

It’s not going to be easy. But with fresh thinking and the right partners, we’re streamlining, innovating and doing more for less. And we’re looking for leaders who relish the challenge. You’ll demand change and fairness for all, and demonstrate the tenacity to deliver them. And in return, you’ll be part of a legacy that will echo long into the future.

Councillor Peter John
Leader of Southwark Council

We're spending £3 billion regenerating Elephant & Castle

We've committed to building 11,000 high-quality council homes by 2043

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.

As the saying goes, we are defined by what we do. And we take our promises seriously. We will make this a borough that everyone is proud of and able to call home.

To give young people the best start in life, we will ensure more and better childcare, unlock more equal access to good schools. We will ensure Southwark is a place where residents can pay their own way and businesses prosper. We will create a strong local economy, creating 5,000 new jobs and 2,000 new apprenticeships. And by tackling the root cause of ill health – inequality – we will make good health a right for all, not a privilege. We’ll be smarter with waste and focus on safety. And we will revitalise our neighbourhoods with new jobs, shopping and green spaces.

It won’t be easy, but the most exciting challenges never are. And by following our fairer future promises, we’ll get there.

Our Fairer Future Promises

1. Value for money

We will continue to keep Council Tax low by ensuring that all our high quality services offer value for money.

2. Access to health for all

We will provide free swimming and gyms for all residents. We’ll double the number of NHS health checks. And we’ll extend bike hire across the borough.

3. Quality affordable homes

We will improve housing standards and build more homes of every kind, including 11,000 council homes - with 1,500 built by 2018. We will make all council homes warm, dry and safe. And we will start rolling out our kitchen and bathroom quality guarantee.

4. More and better schools

We will meet demand for primary and secondary school places. We will drive up standards across our schools, so that 70 percent of students at every secondary school get five good GCSEs.

5. More and better nurseries and childcare

We will help parents to balance work and family life, by opening two new community nurseries and investing in our children’s centres.

6. A greener borough

We will protect our environment by diverting more than 95 percent of waste away from landfill, doubling the number of estates receiving green energy and investing in parks and open spaces.

7. Safer communities

We will make Southwark safer with more CCTV, estate security doors and a Women’s Safety Charter. We will have zero tolerance for noisy neighbours.

8. More education, employment and training

We will guarantee education, employment or training for every school leaver. And we will create 2,000 new apprenticeships and 5,000 more jobs for local people.

9. Revitalised neighbourhoods

We will make our neighbourhoods places that we can all be proud to live in, transforming areas such as Elephant and Castle, Aylesbury and the Old Kent Road.

10. An age-friendly borough

We will ensure age is no barrier to the best of the borough - launching initiatives such as the Ethical Care Charter and an older people’s centre of excellence.

For more information on our Promises, you can download the fairer future for all plan here

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