Thames Water has applied to Southwark Council for permission to remove the large heaps of material from the Chambers Wharf site.
When the Chambers Wharf buildings were demolished, 24,000 tonnes of hardcore was kept on the site for use in future development.
With the land now likely to be used for Thames Water’s ‘super sewer’ project, the utility company has decided to remove the material from the site.
Most of the spoil will be loaded onto barges using a specially constructed conveyor belt and taken to a recycling plant at Tilbury.
Because of the presence of Japanese knotweed some of the material will be removed by road.
Thames Water says planned hours of operation for the removal works will be Monday-Friday 7am-9pm and Saturday 7am-1pm.
“As a responsible landowner, Thames Water has decided to remove the spoil material from the site, for the sake of the local community,” says the company’s application to Southwark Council.
More details here.
New consultation just launched:
Southwark Council is proposing road safety and public realm improvements in Lower Road, Plough Way and Rotherhithe New Road. The proposals include the introduction of measures to assist cyclists through the link between Oldfield Grove and Plough Way, and the introduction of suitable paving and street furniture to enhance the street scene.
Funding for the scheme comes from Transport for London. The measures are part of the Connect 2 project, supported by SUSTRANS, to create a cycling and walking route from Burgess Park, Camberwell to Durand’s Warf, Rotherhithe.
Full details here.
On Thursday Borough Market welcomed the next generation of budding entrepreneurs to try their hand at market trading for the day.
Students from Bacon’s College and St Michael’s College joined t the market to sell their wares as part of a project to develop young people’s business and enterprise skills by supporting them to initiate and develop sustainable business ideas.
The initiative, run by Southwark Education Business Alliance, has seen local youngsters working in teams to produce unique business ideas which were then presented to a panel of judges drawn from the local business community.
“Borough Market is proud to welcome some of Southwark’s budding entrepreneurs to the market for the day to try their hand at trading,” says market MD Keith Davis.
“The market is home to over 100 traders who provide a wealth of artisan skills and specialist expertise and are only too keen to share some of their passion and knowledge. I can think of no better place for youngsters to learn about business and trading.”
Lulzim Osmani from SEBA added: “We are delighted that Borough Market is offering Southwark’s young people such a wonderful opportunity to improve their entrepreneurial skills by selling in London’s most famous market.
“We hope that this experience will help young people engage more with their local area and appreciate it more.”
The sale of the Rotherhithe Police Station building in Lower Road has been agreed in principle, Mayor of London Boris Johnson confirmed this week.
“Further approval will be sought before the property is marketed for disposal,” said the Mayor.
Mr Johnson has gone back on his earlier promise not to close any police station front counters until a replacement facility was provided in the same area.
All the Mayor will now say is that “every borough will have at least one 24 hour counter”.
A police inspector recently told Borough, Bankside and Walworth Community Council that Southwark’s 24-hour police station is likely to be Peckham.
Question to the Mayor from Val Shawcross AM:
I have received complaints about poor reliability in bus services in this area, currently served by the C10 and 381 buses. It has been suggested that an easy means of improving this service may be to consider extending route 199 to loop round Salter Road and Lower Road or run the 47 or 188 via Redriff/Salter Road instead of Lower Road. Please could bus routes in this area be reviewed?
Response from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:
TfL will review this issue and contact you with the results.
Southwark Council is poised to award a £30,000 grant to the Bermondsey Business Association with the aim of establishing a Bermondsey Business Improvement District “to support the future development of the area as an attractive place to shop and do business”.
The association is based in South Bermondsey and is building on the work done by the South Bermondsey Partnership.
Southwark already has BIDs in London Bridge and Bankside, and the Waterloo BID straddles the Lambeth/Southwark border.
BIDs are funded by a levy on local business rates.
The £30,000 grant will come from the council’s Community Restoration Fund which was established in the wake of last summer’s riots.
The same fund will also provide Deli Felice with £4,800 to promote and advertise the parade of shops on Albion Street.
The Central School of Ballet is this week celebrating a year of providing free weekly dance lessons for pupils in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. CSB has been running a satellite school based at Alfred Salter Primary School since October last year giving local pupils free dance tuition.
An average of 80 pupils has been participating in the weekly sessions which also include pupils from Redriff and St James’s primary schools.
“We can see a greater confidence in the children who have taken part, both physically and mentally,” says Fran Burke, arts co-ordinator at Alfred Salter Primary School.
“This has had a positive effect on both their work in the classroom and at play.”
The project is funded by The Ironmongers’ Company who enable CSB to provide dance teaching staff, a pianist and a dance uniform for the pupils.
Jess Mahoney, learning and participation manager at Central School of Ballet, said: “We have been delighted with the progress made by students taking part in the first year of our exciting satellite school project. We are now hopeful of raising sufficient funds to allow us to continue these classes during the next academic year, meaning children in Southwark can enjoy access to free regular ballet classes, learning to love dance in a safe and supportive environment.”