SE16’s Tenda Road car park closure has sparked angry residents to start a petition against the council’s plans.
The car park, once accommodating upwards of fifty cars at a time for local residents and workers, is now set to be used for council housing.
Despite providing prior notice of the project to the area’s residents, the council failed to provide alternative parking provision for drivers in the area after the car park’s closure in early September.
“They said they’d provide alternative parking, but as far as I know they haven’t even contacted us” said a member of staff at the South Bermondsey Community Nursery.
Leo Pollak, Labour cabinet member for new homes and social regeneration, and councillor for South Bermondsey has stated on Twitter that “all 12 homes on Tenda Rd will be council homes, let at council rents on council tenancies, with at least 50% reserved for people on the estate who’re on the housing register. No ifs/buts.”
Southwark Council have won the National Authority of the Year award for transport despite facing cuts in funding by the government.
The council have been recognised for their ‘Movement Plan‘ that aims to double the number of cyclists on the roads by 2028. This target is set to cost £30m and would lead to over 80,000 trips by bike made in the borough each day.
Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for Environment, Transport Management and Air Quality, said, “Our highways team works closely with communities across Southwark, making our roads safer, more attractive and open to a number of different users.
“It is wonderful to see them gain this esteemed recognition of their past successes and innovative future plans.”
Earlier this year, Southwark also won the Borough of the Year award at the London Transport Awards, a British Parking award for its kerbside strategy, and young transport professional awards.
Southwark Council’s new ‘Movement Plan’ is set to have a major impact upon transport routes and developments in Southwark over the next 20 years.
The councils’ aims include managing space, and improving community wellbeing; they have produced an online surveyin order to hear what the public has to say regarding these developments.
Southwark Youth Advisors have been talking to members of the Southwark community regarding these changes.
Joshua, 22, has lived in Southwark all his life and expressed admiration to the council for this development; “it’s fantastic to see our voices not only being given airtime, but being listened to as well.”
@ana_captures_london stated on Twitter however that there are “high levels of pollution and issues with air quality” that the plan does not address.
Following the National Transport Awards where Southwark Council won first place in October this year, pressures are higher than ever for the council to give the public a say in their developments.
“A boutique collection of just eight studio, one and two bedroom apartments and a fabulous three bedroom duplex penthouse positioned in the heart of Borough.”
Despite plans for completion in Summer 2018, these “luxury interiors” are still set to finish before 2019. Local residents have expressed their views concerning the delayed opening.
Situated on the Borough High Street, these studio apartments have been described as “out of place” by residents in the adjacent flats. This is due to the “crisp and clean architecture” upheld in a fairly industrial estate.
They also block the view of many surrounding residential areas. This has angered residents who were not notified of these building plans prior to the start of their construction.
Closely linked to Borough Station and London Bridge Station, the apartments hold close interconnections within and around London.
Investor and property developer of the project, the London Development Group, have stated that the housing development stems from a “passion for innovative design, meticulous attention to detail and strategic approach”.
“Apartments and studios range from £525,000 to £800,000” stated Jackson Stops, the estate agent group managing the building.
Contact Nexus on 020 7620 3400 for more information on this development.