Petition Tag - southwark

1. Save Manor Place Terrace

The Manor Place Terrace of shops and homes was built between 1875 and 1896. They are some of last remaining Victorian buildings that were constructed on the site of historic Royal Surrey Gardens and are the last examples of Victorian retail within West Walworth.

They offer a strong link to the history of West Walworth and are a fine example of purpose built shops and homes from the late-Victorian era. They offer a real sense of how the streetscape would have been in the past. They are in perfect keeping with the local area being built with interesting detail and to a human scale.

West Walworth will change enormously in the next 20 years with a large number of development sites locally which will net Southwark Council tens of millions of pounds.

We ask that as guardians of our local heritage and its assets, Southwark Council places a value on the terrace and its façade and says no to development which demolishes this historic terrace.

2. Chambers Wharf is not suitable as a super sewer site

Thames Water is considering using Chambers Wharf as a drive site to create a “Super Sewer” junction bringing raw sewage from Greenwich to the connect with the main “Super Sewer” tunnel as well as to recover two tunnel boring machines.

Chambers Wharf is a highly populated residential riverside site lying just east of Tower Bridge in the London Borough of Southwark. There are over 140 residences directly adjacent to the site (some within a mere 1 metre) and there are two schools attended by over 1000 pupils within 30 metres and 50 metres from the edge of the of the site. In addition, it is a Thames riverside site, on the Thames Path route which is listed in all guide-books.

The community around Chambers Wharf were looking forward to the site being developed into one of the greenest residential sites in London with recreational facilities and the river walkway would have been extended from East Lane to Cherry Gardens. Now Thames Water is considering turning Chambers Wharf into an industrial zone destroying our local community.

• Residents, pupils and local businesses will all be severely affected by the construction which will take at least seven years, three years of which will be 24 hours a day for 7 days a week.

• During the construction there will be increased heavy vehicle traffic on the local roads, which are not only narrow but also where the schools are located posing a real danger to school children and local residents.

• Construction so close to residents and schools for such a length of time would be a major source of air pollution possibly causing respiratory illnesses, asthma and bronchitis.

• The whole riverside east of Tower Bridge will lose its appeal. Bermondsey Riverside could become, again, for the next ten years a depressed area, extending into Rotherhithe and beyond.

• Once completed, the site will have sewage ventilation vents and Thames Water cannot guarantee there won’t be sewage smells.

We urge you to sign the petition to object to a Chambers Wharf being used as a construction site as part of Thames Water’s super sewer construction.

There are credible alternatives to Chambers Wharf that are more than suitable and there are even alternatives to Thames Water’s current proposals to clean up the river that would not only be cheaper but have substantially less impact on the residential communities.

3. Save Carter Place Garden in Southwark

The space in front of Carter Place Police Station on the Walworth Road has been a garden ever since the land was enclosed. It is unique in being the only green space along the Walworth Rd that has never been developed.

The garden won many prizes, was a source of local pride and was even visited by HM the Queen Mother.

When our local police moved from the site, the garden was bought by a developer and they have been trying to build on it ever since. Local people and Councillors have successfully fought this so far, but we are now coming to the showdown when either this garden gets obliterated under a massive building of shops and flats.

We have an alternative. Help us to get the site protected so that it remains as a garden for the people of Walworth and Southwark to enjoy once again.

4. A Living Wage for Southwark's workers

Cleaners, carers and other people working for Southwark Council contracts are currently paid less than the basic amount you need to get by in London - the London Living Wage. This is currently £7.85 per hour, or about £15,000 a year.

In 2008 the Green Party introduced a policy, supported by the Labour Party, to pay workers the living wage as contracts came up. But it has never been implemented.

5. Southwark Labour councillors must not pass on Tory cuts

Southwark Labour councillors should refuse to implement the Tories' cuts. This economic crisis was not created by working class people, and we should not pay for it.

We will defend the jobs and services we need. We demand that Labour side with working class people.

6. Support our Small Shops and Stall Holders

I have lived in South Bermondsey for 11 years and in the area for over 22 years, and since being in the area The Blue, which was once a great shopping area, I have seen it go down hill. The small shops and stall owners, as well as the residents, have been suffocated by the obvious lack of care shown to businesses and the people they serve. Just because the Liberal Democrats feel they will always win South Bermondsey in an election doesn’t mean they should neglect it as the Labour party did - but they have!

A few months before Christmas the council, yet again, made promises to make changes, which are no more than a coat of paint when more radical steps must be taken; this simply isn't good enough. I would also question the timing as there is an election coming up.

There is such a thing as people power and I'd like to gather support from local businesses and local residents to put the council under pressure to make meaningful changes and not just meaningless gestures. Please support the campaign which, if successful, will benefit residents and businesses alike.

7. Cross Bones Graveyard heritage site

A shrine has been created at the gates to the site of a post-medieval burial ground in Redcross Way, Southwark. This outcasts’ graveyard was already regarded as ‘ancient’ in the 16th century, when it was known as ‘the Single Woman’s churchyard’ – a reference to the ‘Winchester Geese’, prostitutes licensed by the Bishop of Winchester to work in south London’s Liberty of the Clink.

By Victorian times it had become known as ‘Cross Bones’, the pauper’s burial ground. It was closed in 1853, described as being ‘completely overcharged with dead’.

In the early 1990s it was partly dug up during work on the Jubilee Line Extension. Museum of London archaeologists removed 148 skeletons, an estimated 1% of 15,000 burials.

The site has inspired many literary works, including 'The Southwark Mysteries', and festivals, including the annual 'Halloween of Cross Bones'. A vigil is held at the Memorial Gates on the 23rd of each month, where local people have created a shrine to honour 'the outcast dead'. Friends of Cross Bones are also campaigning for the establishment of a Memorial Garden and public park in the southernmost part of the site.

Cross Bones has enormous potential as a heritage site, the living embodiment of the extraordinary social history which attracts so many visitors to the area. The creation of a Memorial Garden would establish a pocket-park in an area in need of more green spaces. It would also be a shining beacon of social inclusion in an area which is currently undergoing massive changes and disruptions to the lives of some of its oldest inhabitants.

8. Back the Cross River TRAM Boris!

The Cross River Tram is a Transport for London proposal for a tram system in London, England, to connect Camden Town to King's Cross, Peckham and Brixton.

It is planned to relieve overcrowding on the London Underground, and to improve transport in areas currently without good public transport, such as North Peckham & the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, which would aid in the regeneration of these areas.

The scheme enjoys high levels of support, particularly in South London, where the tram is seen as vital in improving access to new jobs and training opportunities and attracting inward investment.

However, the scheme has been consistently delayed with a current completion date of 2016-2020, as opposed to an original target date of 2008.


9. Support a Cross River Tram 'Shuttle Bus' in London!

The Cross River Tram is a Transport for London proposal for a tram system in London, England, to connect Camden Town to King's Cross, Peckham and Brixton.

In November 2008 the Mayor, Boris Johnson announced he would stop work on the scheme and investigate potential alternatives. SIXTEEN Months on and residents in Peckham have heard NOTHING!

The tram was planned to relieve overcrowding on the London Underground, and to improve transport in areas currently without good public transport, such as North Peckham & the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, which would aid in the regeneration of these areas.

It enjoys high levels of support, particularly in Peckham, where it was seen as vital in improving access to new jobs and training opportunities and attracting inward investment.

This petition calls for a new Peckham to Elephant and Castle Express Shuttle Bus to be urgently introduced to bring forward some of the potential benefits of the tram to Peckham now that its future looks uncertain.


Ken Livingstone (London Mayoral Candidate) has confirmed that he would ask Transport for London to consider this proposal if elected.

Southwark Council have also voiced their support for the idea of such a new service.

Caroline Pidgeon (London Assembly Candidate for Southwark/Lambeth) has also stated that she supports introducing such a service.

Messages of support also received from local councillors from all the major political parties!

10. Stop Southwark's cold-hearted cremation price hikes

On 25th April Cllr Lisa Rajan, Southwark's Lib Dem Executive Member for Environment decided to put the price of cremations in the borough up by 10% from 1st April.

She also decided that a further increase would be made in January 2009, before the end of the financial year, so that the council can maximise revenue during the ‘peak demand period’, the time when most people die.

The council report about the decision says that ‘price increases are unlikely to affect demand’ for cremations because the council operates a monopoly on the service in the borough.

11. Stop Closure of South London Refugee Partnership by Lewisham Council

SLRP was set up in May 2002. It is a ‘cross borough’ refugee partnership which aims to increase opportunities for local refugee organizations and communities groups in the Boroughs of Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth and Greenwich.

The aim of SLRP is to increase opportunities for local refugees’ organisations and community groups in these boroughs. It provides a wide range of help and support for projects and initiatives by refugee organisations as well as support to individual refugees.

SLRP supports refugees community groups (RCOs) by helping them to set up projects; provides help for individual refugees in responding to new needs arising from changes in legislation; disseminates information relating to training, immigration, fundraising as well as updates for members on human rights issues.

SLRP does not just provide services for refugees and refugees groups; it is also active in providing services to the local community. In particular, it organises a Youth Football Project for young people in Lewisham aged 7-14 years old; a learning and social club for over 50’s; and an internet café for refugees looking for work, that is open to the entire local community.

Since its creation in 2002, SLRP benefited from help from the Lewisham Mayor’s Office, which offered an office for its activities. But since 2005, the organisation was subject to harassment and discrimination from Council officials.

SLRP is located at the ground floor of Parker House, and situated at 144 Evelyn Street, Deptford, London SE8 5DD. Parker House is a four storey office blocks (plus basement) owned by the London Borough of Lewisham and managed by its Community Sector Unit.

During the winter of 2005-2006, the project was deprived of heating. Staff also has had to work in the dark, because the official in charge of the premises refused to replace defective lighting. One of the Council’s staff barged into the chairman’s office of the association, to interrupt a meeting he was holding in his office. This appears to have been part of trying to get the SLRP out of its premises.

On 17 August 2007, SLRP received a letter from Lewisham Council making offering a ‘Tenancy at Will’, involving a substantial rent more than half SLRP’s budget. Whilst SLRP benefits from a ground floor position there was no parity with charges made to the other occupiers of the same building. After SLRP agreed to a ‘tenancy at will’, but sought to negotiate a more reasonable rent, the council then issued a notice to quit the premises by 6th December.


All the lifts in Avondale Square Estate need replacing. In particular Procter House and Tovy House they are the ones most likely to break down.

There are 10 - 15 floors in each block, when the lift breaks down elerdly people and mothers with young children have to walk up to 10 floors with shopping and pushchairs.

13. Keep ice cream vans in Southwark

May 9, 2006

On the 8th of May BBC London broadcast the information that Southwark council wanted to ban ice cream vans completely from the area.

There can be no good reason for such a sweeping rule against something that is part of the very fabric of British life.

Especially now the Summer is coming I find this proposed action goes against all that is good and enjoyable in this world, and I ask people to join with me and sign this petition.