Government safeguards Bakerloo route

4 March 2021
Back the Bakerloo
Back the Bakerloo

The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, has issued directions to safeguard the route of the Bakerloo line extension from Elephant and Castle to Lewisham via Old Kent Road.

This protects the land required for the tunnels, alongside new stations on Old Kent Road, at New Cross Gate and Lewisham, as well as key operational infrastructure and construction sites.

Kieron Williams, Leader of Southwark Council, Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, and Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, have welcomed the news in a joint statement.

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TfL upgrades CS7 cycle route

18 February 2021
Cyclists
The Elephant is becoming a better place to cycle

TfL is upgrading CS7, one of London’s busiest cycle routes.

The route will be improved between Oval and Elephant and Castle to make it easier and safer for people to travel by bike. The changes include new cycle ‘wands’ to segregate the existing cycle lanes and wider bus lanes (to help cyclists).

Since the regeneration of Elephant and Castle began, the neighbourhood has started to become a much easier place to get around on foot or by bike and this trend is set to continue with the development of the new town centre.

Construction work on this portion of CS7 will commence in March and TfL would like your hear your thoughts on the upgrade.

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Elephant Park Sessions

1 February 2021
Elephant Park Sessions
Elephant Park Sessions

Elephant Park Sessions is Elephant Park’s free, virtual community festival.

Join the team for a jam-packed programme showcasing the best of Elephant and Castle’s thriving, creative community.

Hosted by local partners such as Beza Food, Koi Ramen Bar and Art In The Park, these sessions promise to be creative, fun-filled activities that you can participate in from the comfort of your own home. From mindfulness to fitness to cookery classes, there’s something for everyone.

Some events take place live (via Zoom) and all sessions are recorded and made available on the Elephant Park Sessions website.

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LCC Postgraduate Showcase

28 January 2021
LCC Postgraduate Showcase
LCC Postgraduate Showcase

The London College of Communication (LCC) Postgraduate Showcase launches today, celebrating some of the most extraordinary new work across design, media and screen.

Based in the heart of Elephant and Castle, LCC has a diverse, world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships. The university supports the development of creative disciplines in ways that make a positive impact on the world beyond academia and the annual showcase is an opportunity to celebrate its incredible breadth of emerging new talent.

This year’s showcase is entirely online and will be accompanied by an exciting programme of digital events between 28 January and 3 February 2021.

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Consultation on the final phase of Elephant Park

22 January 2021
Elephant Park Plot H1
Elephant Park

Lendlease has begun the second round of public consultation on the final phase of development at Elephant Park (Plot H1).

Last October, Lendlease introduced some early plans for the plot, which is located on the corner of Walworth Road and Elephant Road.

Since then, the team has been working to respond to the initial feedback and is now ready to share its updated proposals.

The consultation is open until 7 February.

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£325k boost for local community projects

19 January 2021
Walworth Garden
Walworth Garden: a green oasis in the Elephant

At Cabinet today, Southwark Council agreed a further £325k in funding for community projects in the Elephant and Castle regeneration area.

This includes £150k to open up new community space at the Walworth Living Room (Surrey Square) and £175k to improve Walworth Garden near Manor Place.

The money comes from the Local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), a levy raised on developers with local building projects. CIL is just one of the ways in which regeneration and redevelopment can benefit the community, directly, with a financial contribution towards improving local infrastructure.

Last year, the council invited the public to suggest projects which could be funded with the £6m of Local CIL available throughout the borough. Over 1,000 ideas were suggested and today’s decision means that the Walworth Living Room and Walworth Garden will join more than 65 other projects chosen by the council to receive CIL money.

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Community Hub Online

15 January 2021
Community Hub opens 24 June
The Community Hub

Elephant and Castle’s Community Hub (originally based in the shopping centre) is continuing to provide free, online activities for local residents throughout lockdown.

The Hub, which went digital last year, is running a full programme of craft, cookery, dance, exercise and musical activities – for all ages – via its website and Zoom.

On Sunday 31 January, the Hub is hosting its very own White Dress Party . The white dress themed evening will include a quiz and singalong choir amongst other group activities, and there will be prizes for the best white outfit.

So if you want to join the party, get involved in something creative, or if you just need a bit of virtual company while stuck at home: visit the website to see what’s on offer.

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Elephant statue removed ahead of relocation

5 January 2021
Elephant statue being relocated
The elephant statue is being relocated

The famous elephant statue, which has stood outside the Elephant and Castle shopping centre for decades, has been removed from its plinth ahead of relocation to Castle Square.

The shopping centre site is due to be redeveloped as part of Elephant and Castle’s new town centre. Work has already begun on the initial stages of demolition and the statue will be repainted and restored before taking up residence, just around the corner, in Castle Square.

Castle Square (alongside Elephant Arcade and Elephant Park ) is now home to many of the businesses which formerly traded in the shopping centre. The statue will remain here while the new town centre is being built.

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