Walworth Society - July Meeting and Other News

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 4th July 2019 at 7pm. Please find the notes from the meeting below.


There is no WS meeting in August so our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday 5th September at 7pm. We will aim to be back at the Art Academy at 155 Walworth Road.

NB The next Southwark Council multi-ward forum meeting is understood to be for the three Walworth wards and to be focusing on the Walworth Town Hall and the proposed Walworth Library and Southwark Heritage Centre and will be held on Saturday 7th September 11am to 1pm. Venue TBC. More info with our September newsletter.

Finally - please note that there are two Walworth Town Hall consultation events coming up from General Projects - please do go along if you can. They are:

1. July 23rd - 4-7pm Walworth Town Hall memorial garden.

2. September 3rd between 12pm and 8pm - 155  W Rd.

2. Walworth Library & Southwark Heritage Centre and Walworth Town Hall Redevelopment

Cllr Johnson Situ, Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Growth, Development and Planning will be attending the WS meeting on Thursday to update people about the Walworth Town Hall redevelopment. Following our June 6th WS meeting, we have sent the document below (first pdf) to Councillors and officers setting out the WS thoughts on both the new Library and Heritage Centre (https://www.southwark.gov.uk/regeneration/elephant-and-castle?chapter=21) and the WTH redevelopment (https://walworthtownhall.com/consultation/). We have tried to emphasise the following points:

1) That the "community" space needs to be able to play a flexible role in the WTH and not be dominated by a single user/usage. Although we are proposing a role for heritage in the WTH community space usage, this would be just one of many uses that can meet the needs of people across Southwark and Walworth and its timetabling should be able to meet the needs of a range of groups such as young people, older people and community groups (eg for much needed meeting space etc).

2). The total available "community" space should be an appropriate amount - we are suggesting that across the building this should a) total no less than 10% of the floorspace and b) consist of genuinely useable space and contiguous space.

3) Community groups should be directly involved the management of the "community" space.

4) People locally remain very concerned that negotiations about any lease terms are not concluded in a way that rules out flexibility from the plans that General Projects have used as a basis for their bid in relation to the "community" space; they feel strongly that movement and improvement is possible from those original proposals and the conversations about the "community" space in its totality evolves in a way that reflects community perspectives.

The Walworth Society document that we have sent to Southwark outlining these ideas in more detail is below:


Southwark Council has also drafted a document which seeks to address a number of points that people have been raising over the past months in relation to the redevelopment of the Town Hall and some of the points (in relation to the Town Hall) that we have raised in the document above. This Southwark Council document appears below:


3. Manor Place Terrace and Braganza St Workshops Redevelopment.

An update from Southwark Council...

Info about this can also be found at: https://www.southwark.gov.uk/regeneration/southwark-regeneration-in-partnership-programme?chapter=12

Durkan Ltd have been awarded the contract to deliver both Braganza Street and Manor Place schemes and will start on site, strengthening the façade of Manor Place in November 2019 with an aim to complete both sites by Winter 2021.

A full update from Southwark Council about the redevelopment appears below:


4. Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood

News of a big funding success for SE17. Southwark Council has secured a £500,000 air quality grant from the Mayor’s Air Quality Fund; it will match fund this, resulting in £1million for projects designed to help reduce air pollution and improve passing through the new Walworth Low Emission Neighbourhood.

https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/mayor-announces-6m-to-tackle-toxic-air and https://www.southwark.gov.uk/news/2019/jun/1million-to-help-improve-air-quality-in-walworth

5. TfL Consultation - OKR & Traflagar Avenue Junction.

Many thanks to Sarah Timewell for spotting this. Proposed improvements to this junction including a much needed green man crossing on Trafalgar Avenue:



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