Two pubs in Rotherhithe are on the market:
Watch Cllr Anood Al-Samerai (Southwark Lib Dem leader) question Cllr Peter John (Labour leader of the council) about the impact of tall buildings at Canada Water and elsewhere in the borough.
The video is from the Council Assembly meeting on 16 March.
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.
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.
Labour mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan has published his manifesto – and it includes a pledge to support a bridge across the Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
Mr Khan says he will “work to break down some of the city’s physical barriers, such as by backing the Rotherhithe-Canary Wharf cycle and pedestrian bridge”.
The CGP community allotment in Southwark Park is to receive a grant from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme – but shoppers will determine how much cash the garden receives
Tesco has allocated £30,000 to community projects in and around Southwark in the second round of its Bags of Help scheme, funded by the proceeds of the mandatory 5p charge for plastic carrier bags introduced in England last autumn.
The amount each project receives will depend on where it is ranked in a public vote against two others: £12,000 will be granted for first place, £10,000 for second and £8,000 for third.
Customers in Southwark stores will receive a token at the checkout and be asked to place it in the box of the project they favour the most.
The three contenders are:
- Melior Street Garden, SE1
- CGP Community Allotment in Southwark Park, SE16
- Somerville Kitchen Garden, Lee SE12
Voting continues until Sunday 6 March in the stores listed below.
Participating Tesco stores in Southwark
- Tesco Extra – Surrey Quays
- Tesco Superstore – Old Kent Road
- Tesco Metro – Tooley Street
- Tesco Metro – Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre
- Tesco Metro – Jamaica Road
- Tesco Express – Tower Bridge Road
- Tesco Express – The Cut
- Tesco Express – Borough Road
- Tesco Express – Great Suffolk Street
- Tesco Express – New Kent Road
- Tesco Express – Long Lane
- Tesco Express – Camberwell New Road
- Tesco Express – Peckham
- Tesco Express – East Dulwich
- Tesco Express – Queen’s Road Peckham
- Tesco Express – Southwark Park Road
- Tesco Express – Walworth Road
- Tesco Express – Camberwell
Southwark Council has launched a consultation on proposals to close Southwark Park Road Day centre for elderly people with dementia and complex needs
Details at www.southwark.gov.uk/southwarkparkdaycentre.
The service will be moved to Fred Francis Day Centre in East Dulwich until the council’s new centre in Cator Street, Peckham, is ready in two years’ time.
The Compass free school in Bermondsey has had a boost with a positive report from Ofsted.
Last July inspectors gave the secondary school a ‘requires improvement‘ rating – the second lowest possible grade.
In January, Ofsted inspector Madeleine Gerard carried out a monitoring visit to the school.
Her letter to headteacher Lauren Thorpe has just been made public.
Ms Gerard wrote:
You, senior leaders and members of the governing body have wasted no time in tackling issues for improvement. Working effectively together, you have put your energy into taking action to bring about improvements. You have a clear vision and coherent and strategic plans, which address the key priorities.