At Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday, Lib Dem London assembly member Caroline Pidgeon quizzed Sadiq Khan about plans for the walking and cycling bridge from Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf, as well as the prospects for extending the Santander Cycles bike hire scheme to SE16.
Listen to the full exchange here:
The Bermondsey in Bloom Competition is open for entries once more this month.
There will be prizes and certificates for the top three entrants (decided by independent judges) in each of the following categories:
- Balconies and window boxes
- Pubs and businesses
- Community gardens
- Edible gardens and allotments
- Estates gardens
- Resident gardens
The competition is open to all residents who live in the following wards:
- South Bermondsey
- Surrey Docks
Full details at http://salmonyouthcentre.org/bloom2017
This question was tabled by Cllr Dan Whitehead (Lib Dem, Surrey Docks) at council assembly this week:
Can the Leader confirm whether the council will install more prominent warning signs
along Greenland Dock, including details of the depth of the water and danger to life, in
response to the tragic death of a young man there on 17 June 2017?
Council leader Peter John replied:
This is an awful loss and our thoughts are with the family of the young man at this
painful time. The council supported the police in their search, and has offered support
to the family.
This tragedy is a stark reminder of why the waters around the marina are not suitable
for swimming, and as this warm weather continues we would urge all residents to stay
out of the water, tempting as it may be.
A number of safety measures are in place; the docks are surrounded by a pole and
chain fence with poles 1 metre high joined by two rows of chains. Refuge chains are
looped around the dock at water level that can be used by a person in the water to
support themselves. Life buoy holders are provided at average intervals of 55 metres
and on the back of each lifebuoy holder is a no swimming sign. Ladders are fixed to
the walls at approximately 55 metre intervals to climb out of the dock and there are
some existing stairs in various locations. Lifebuoys are checked daily.
However, as with any serious incident, the council instigates a serious incident panel
with immediate effect to review what further measures, if any, could be implemented to
reduce the likelihood of such tragic incidents happening in the future. As part of this
review the panel will consider the benefit of installing more prominent warning signs
along Greenland Dock.
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.
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.
At his first Mayor’s Question Time on Wednesday morning, Sadiq Khan was questioned by Caroline Pidgeon AM about plans for the proposed Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf walking and cycling bridge as well as the prospects for extending the cycle hire scheme to SE16.
Hear his responses:
The final list of candidates for the Surrey Docks by-election on 9 June has now been published.
You can hear from the candidates next monday at the Canada Water Consultative Forum.
Members 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.