Good Moooooos! Southwark has £6m available for your community projects

16 March 2020
CIL money available for community projects
CIL money available for community projects

Southwark Council has got £6m to spend on local community projects across the borough including more than £1m for projects in and around Elephant and Castle.

The money comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) which is a levy raised on development schemes (new buildings such as housing, hotels or shops). It’s just one of the ways in which developments can benefit the local community and one of the ways in which developers can give-back – especially to those who’ve been impacted by the development.

One Southwark project which recently benefitted from CIL was Surrey Docks Farm. One of the first recipients, the farm used CIL money (raised from a local housing development) to refurbish their Tower Building so that it could be used by the local community for meetings, workshops and classes.

Find out more on the new website and share your ideas for how the money should be spent before 30 April 2020.

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London Assembly urges Government to Back the Bakerloo

11 March 2020
London Assembly
London Assembly

The Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Transport reiterating the need for sustained investment in the capital’s transport, including the Bakerloo line extension from Elephant and Castle to Hayes.

Capital funding in the upcoming Spending Review is essential if TfL is to deliver sustained improvement across London. This includes the Bakerloo line extension. The Committee wants to see improved transport services that will unlock growth in the area between Elephant and Castle and Catford and improve customer journeys, especially along Old Kent Road.

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Enterprice returns to the BBC

5 March 2020
Enterprice: back on the BBC

The BBC’s hit comedy series, Enterprice, set in Elephant and Castle, returns to our screens this weekend.

The show centres around two friends, Kazim and Jeremiah as they attempt to get a small delivery business up and running in SE17. Series creator and star, Kayode Ewumi, who grew up locally, describes Enterprice as a  “a love letter to Elephant and Castle.”

The first series aired in 2018 and the new series starts on Sunday 8 March 2020.

Kayode recently featured in the February edition of The Elephant Magazine. Read the full interview here.

You can stream both series of Enterprice on BBC iPlayer from Sunday 8 March.

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Community grants of up to £10,000 now available

28 February 2020
Elephant and Castle Community Fund
2020 Fund now open for applications

The 2020 Elephant and Castle Community Fund has gone live.

This is your opportunity to apply for grant funding to support an existing project or to get something new and exciting off the ground.

Since it was established by Lendlease and Southwark Council in 2012, the fund has awarded roughly £250k to local community organisations and directly benefited thousands of local people. From film projects and school drama to skills-sharing and language classes, the wide range of initiatives supported so far reflects the amazing breadth of talent that exists in Elephant and Castle.

This year, the grants on offer are between £500 and £10,000 and the deadline for applications is midday Monday 20 April 2020.

Your project must be based in the Elephant and Castle regeneration area and should address one or more of the five themes below:

  • Further Education / Skills Building / Training and Entrepreneurship
  • Arts and Culture
  • Environment
  • Older Residents
  • Wellbeing

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If you’re interested you can apply online and there are also a couple of dates in March when you can get face to face help with your application.

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Over 1,500 local people now work at Elephant Park

20 February 2020
Southwark Construction Skills Centre
Southwark Construction Skills Centre

Over 1,500 local people now have jobs at Elephant Park; one of the two main developments at the heart of the Elephant and Castle regeneration programme.

This milestone represents another step towards Southwark Council’s ambition to become a full employment borough; one where everybody has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Lendlease and the council jointly established a Construction Skills Centre at Elephant Park three years ago, which has played a major part in helping local residents to secure jobs on the development and provides construction skills training to more than 2,000 people every year.

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Free Myth-Making workshops

12 February 2020
Free Myth Making workshop
Free Myth-Making workshop

Work is underway on Southwark Council’s new library and heritage centre for Walworth Road and you’re invited to play a part in the very first exhibition.

Wignall and Moore are curating an exhibition on Myth-Making and want local residents to participate in a series of free workshops. They want to hear about all the hidden tales from your neighbourhood and your stories about local legends.

Join the team for a free Myth-Making poetry workshop on Sunday 16 February at All Saints Hall, Surrey Square, SE17 2JU between 11am to 4pm.

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Southwark agrees additional £7.5m for Bakerloo extension

1 February 2020
Back the Bakerloo
Back the Bakerloo

Southwark Council has underlined its commitment to the extension of the Bakerloo line with an extra £7.5m contribution towards a new entrance and ticket hall for the Elephant’s Northern line Tube station, to be delivered as part of the town centre development.

This additional funding will allow for a fully integrated, step-free interchange at Elephant and Castle between the Northern and Bakerloo lines, once the extension and upgrade of the Bakerloo line has been delivered.

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£200k extra support for shopping centre traders

29 January 2020
Elephant statue
The shopping centre is due to close in July

Southwark Council has pledged £200,000 to provide additional support to traders affected by the redevelopment plans at the shopping centre.

Following the announcement that the centre will close in the summer, the council has agreed the funding in addition to the funds already made available by developers Delancey, for direct relocation – which said it could be increased (the council expects to have more information shortly).

The council will be speaking to traders individually, and through the Trader Panel, to find out the best way this new fund can be used to help those businesses still struggling during this time of change.

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The Elephant Magazine: out now

27 January 2020
The Elephant Magazine
The first issue of 2020

The Elephant Magazine is available throughout Elephant and Castle.

Pick up your copy in your local pub, cafe or library.

In this issue:

  • Kayode Ewumi: a love letter to Elephant and Castle
  • Elephant Says Hi: bringing neighbours together
  • Construction Skills Centre: 8,000 trained and counting

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Council statement on the shopping centre

21 January 2020
CGI of Town Centre development
CGI of Town Centre development

The Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre is due to be redeveloped into a new town centre for the neighbourhood.

The scheme, which is being delivered by Delancey, includes hundreds of new homes, new leisure space, shops and restaurants and a cutting-edge new campus for London College of Communication. There will also be a new entrance and ticket hall for the Northern Line tube station.

The shopping centre is due to close in the summer.  Last week, traders were officially given notice to leave by Delancey, triggering the release of thousands of pounds of relocation funding and business support.

Southwark Council has issued a statement about the shopping centre’s closure and the support being made available to the centre’s businesses on its website.

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Have your say on Victory Community Park

15 January 2020
Victory Park: drop-ins
Victory Park: drop-in on 18 and 23 Jan

Elephant and Castle is becoming a better place to walk.

There are a number of initiatives underway to improve the neighbourhood for pedestrians and – in addition to the new Elephant Park – £6m is being invested in other, smaller parks in the area.

Southwark Council wants to hear from local residents who use Victory Community Park.

How do you think the park can be improved and what are your priorities?

Come along to one of the drop-in sessions on 18 and 23 January to have your say or tell us what you think online before 9 February.

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The High Street Challenge

14 January 2020
The High Street Challenge logo
Open for funding applications until 14 Feb

Southwark Council is inviting applications for the latest round of High Street Challenge funding.

The High Street Challenge was started in 2014 to attract more people to Southwark’s high streets and town centres and to increase the amount that’s spent in the area. The fund supports community projects that help local businesses to thrive and which make Southwark’s high streets more inclusive.

The scheme has already funded more than 50 projects in Southwark, including London College of Communication’s Where Walworth Eats project and the Camberwell Fair. The latest round of funding is open for applications until 14 February.

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Two more local restaurants join the herd at Elephant Park

13 January 2020
Dinner in Bayroot
Bayroot to open second branch

Miko’s and Bayroot will bring the flavours of Latin America and the Middle East to Sayer Street.

The popular, family-run Ecuadorian restaurant, Miko’s is moving from the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, bringing its traditional and affordable Latin American cuisine, including soups, rice and seafood dishes.

Meanwhile, local Lebanese favourite, Bayroot – based nearby on Walworth Road – is set to open its second site at Elephant Park. Authentic Middle Eastern menu choices include mezze, grilled meats and wraps which combine locally-sourced ingredients with produce from Lebanon.

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A new Green Vision for the Low Line

8 January 2020
Low Line arches
Low Line arches

PDP London has won the design competition to create a new Green Vision for the Low Line.

Developed from an original idea by Southwark resident, David Stephens and supported by Southwark Council, the Low Line aims to transform the borough’s public space by opening up new walking routes alongside the historic Victorian viaducts that run from Bankside and London Bridge through to Bermondsey and Elephant and Castle.

Last year, architects, ecologists and other professionals were invited to enter an international RIBA competition to develop an ecological vision and strategy for the Low Line. The idea was to develop a single, unifying vision which would underpin all future green and ecological initiatives along its route.

The winning concept, ‘The Low Line Commons’, announced today, was conceived by PDP London architects. It puts the local community – alongside nature, ecology and air quality – at the heart of the Low Line vision.

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John White awarded MBE

6 January 2020
John White MBE, SCSC
John White MBE

2020 got off to a good start for Elephant and Castle with the news that John White, Director of the Southwark Construction Skills Centre (SCSC) has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

The Skills Centre has been a key part of the regeneration of Elephant and Castle – helping to ensure that local people can benefit from all the jobs and opportunities created by the construction work. Based at Lendlease’s Elephant Park development, it provides training to local, unemployed Southwark residents as well as people from outside the borough.

Training includes apprenticeships; pre-employment courses; short-term construction qualifications and National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs). The Centre has trained more than 8,000 people since 2016.

John was awarded an MBE for his service to the local community.

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Read archived news from last year (2019)