The BroadbandSE16 campaign took a deputation to Southwark’s cabinet meeting on Tuesday to keep up the pressure on politicians to seek solutions to Rotherhithe’s slow broadband crisis which means that for many it’s quicker to take a laptop to Canada Water tube station and download large files using the public wifi than to rely on flaky home connections.

Listen to the full audio of the session here:

Last September we announced that the SE16.com website and email newsletter project was on hold.

We’re delighted to announce that funding to enable at least half a day’s work per week on the project has been assembled by the What’s on in Rotherhithe Group (WORG).

In turn, WORG has been supported by the United St Saviour’s Charity, British Land, Sellar and others to enable a regular service of website updates and weekly email bulletins to resume.

SE16.com continues to be produced by Bankside Press Ltd, the family-run Southwark-based enterprise that also runs the London SE1 community website.

We’re delighted to resume our service of local information to people who live and work in SE16.

Dear all,

After six years, I’ve taken the decision to put SE16.com on hold for the time being.

As many of you know, this has always been a side project to our much more comprehensive website for the SE1 area.

Both the SE1 and SE16 sites are published by a small family-run Southwark-based business.

Funding and sustaining local web publishing is hard work. And many of you have high expectations that I have struggled to meet.

Those of you who follow our SE1 site may be aware that we have recently launched a membership scheme in order to secure the future of our local reporting in that area.

The response so far has been heartening and I am hopeful that with the help of local people we can keep the SE1 site going.

At the moment I need to do fewer things, and do them better, so for the time being SE16.com needs to go on the back burner.

In the meantime I commend WISE16 and The Quay Point to you as sources of local information. Sadly the I Live in SE16 website also recently announced its closure.

I’ll continue to tweet bits and pieces about SE16 on the @SE16 Twitter account.

Hopefully there will come a time when we’ll be able to resume our events listings and other coverage of SE16 life.

With very many thanks to everyone who has supported and encouraged me in the SE16 area – especially to the What’s on in Rotherhithe Group who originally asked us to consider setting up a website for SE16.

James Hatts

_SKMembers of the London Assembly have tabled questions to the new Labour mayor Sadiq Khan about his plans for transport in the Rotherhithe area.

Florence Eshalomi, newly elected as Labour’s London Assembly member for the Lambeth & Southwark constituency (in succession to Val Shawcross) has asked the mayor:

What steps will the Mayor take to improve transport at Canada Water, specifically will he support a new pedestrian and cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, the extension of the cycle hire, additional Jubilee Line services, the improvement of the local road network and approach to the Rotherhithe Tunnel, including removal of the Lower Road Gyratory and additional bus capacity?

Meanwhile Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon has asked Mr Khan the following question:

Will you re-examine the case for introducing a shuttle bus service running round the Rotherhithe peninsula to meet the growing transport needs of this area?

Answers from Mr Khan should be published soon after the Spring Bank Holiday – we’ll let you know what he says,

Southwark Liberal Democrats and Southwark Labour have selected their candidates for the Surrey Docks by-election to be held on Thursday 9 June.

The poll has been triggered by the resignation of incumbent Lib Dem councillor Lisa Rajan.

The Liberal Democrat candidate will be Daniel Whitehead (Twitter: @LibDemDan)

Labour has selected Will Holmes (Twitter: @Willtholmes) to contest the election.

The deadline for all candidates to submit their nomination papers is 4pm on Thursday 12 May. A full list of candidates will be published by the returning officer soon afterwards.

notice_of_vacancy___surrey_docks_ward-2Residents in Surrey Docks Ward will be asked to elect a new councillor at a by-election on Thursday 9 June.

Lisa Rajan – a Lib Dem councillor since 2002 – has resigned her council seat because her husband now works in Manchester.

“It is with huge sadness that I am standing down as one of the Liberal Democrat councillors for Surrey Docks,” said Lisa Rajan.

“For fourteen years I have had the greatest privilege of representing an incredible community and helping win the fights for the new Canada Water Library and the C10 bus route.

“Being a councillor needs serious commitment though and I’m very sorry that changes in my personal life mean that I can no longer serve residents the way Liberal Democrat councillors believe we should always do.

“Fourteen years after first being elected, there are still huge issues in Surrey Docks.  Most importantly, we need to make the council’s regeneration process happen ‘with’ residents and not ‘to’ them.  We also need proper infrastructure in place – GPs, schools and transport – before further huge development takes place at Canada Water.

“I really want to thank residents for their support over the years and hope they will continue to back the Liberal Democrats as the best choice to fight residents’ corner in Surrey Docks.”

Lisa Rajan is the author of the ‘Tara Binns’ series of children’s books.

David Cameron visits the Harris Academy Bermondsey where he meets with students and teachers.

Bermondsey might not be normally be associated with its love of Tory politicians, but prime minister David Cameron certainly received a rapturous response from Harris Academy Bermondsey pupils when he dropped in on Monday morning.

If Justin Bieber had visited the Bermondsey girls’ secondary school he would scarcely have caused more of a stir than the prime minister.

Pupils crowded round Mr Cameron during the mid-morning break and clamoured for autographs and selfies.

David Cameron visits the Harris Academy Bermondsey where he meets with students and teachers.

The PM’s visit was to launch a £12 million Government initiative to promote mentoring schemes in secondary schools.

Once the scheme is up and running, Downing Street claims that 25,000 young people a year who are at risk of under achieving or dropping out from education will receive extra support from “high-flying professionals”.

Harris Academy Bermondsey has run a mentoring scheme for its pupils for a decade. Employees from several Southwark-based firms – including News UK, PwC and the Financial Times – act as mentors to girls preparing for GCSE exams at the Southwark Park Road academy.

Harris Academy Bermondsey is part of the Harris Federation of schools founded by the Conservative peer Lord Harris of Peckham.

David Cameron visits the Harris Academy Bermondsey where he meets with students and teachers.