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6 05, 2015

24-28 Quebec Way SE16

It seems these days that developments are popping up all over SE16. Some you can find plenty about online and others emerge from the architect and planners' offices without a morsel of notice. So it was for me with the arrival through my door of a heavy duty A4 sheet - labeled Newsletter 1 April 2015 [...]

1 04, 2015

Save the Red Derrick

Rotherhithe in the first half of the twentieth century was a centre of the timber trade. Known for it’s vast stocks of wood from across the Northern hemisphere, the timber ponds and saw mills dominated at least half of the Surrey Commercial Docks. Soft wood timber imported from Scandinavia was known as deal and the [...]

8 03, 2015

Neighbourhood Planning

The story of ‘The Big Society’ - which was proclaimed the flagship of the Coalition’s policies - is one of disappointment and then disappearance. When David Cameron and Nick Clegg started out together, the Big Society stood central to their agreement on government. Now nearly five years on, the policy has almost vanished. However legislation [...]

22 02, 2015

Brunel and Bermondsey

Two major developments with the potential to transform SE16 have recently got their own websites. Brunel Bridge The proposal of a bridge spanning the river Thames between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf has been given recent prominence by mention in HM Treasury's National Infrastructure Plan 2014. The bridge is proposed to be a cycle and pedestrian [...]

10 11, 2014

Planning Update

Several news items have come to light recently that will have an impact on the life in SE16. We thought this might be a good time to update everyone on what's going on in the planning world around Canada Water, Surrey Docks, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe. Super Sewer Challenge The Ship York Southwark Athletic Centre Hilton [...]

4 11, 2014

The Biscuit Factory

In Clements Road, Bermondsey SE16 lies a multi-purpose business complex known today as the Biscuit Factory. Amongst it's many resident organisations there are plumbers, arts and dance organisations, production companies and publishers; the TriSpace Bar and Gallery and the Bridge Cafe are both found there too. Run by Workspace and part of the wider Tower Bridge Business [...]

5 10, 2014

Affordable Broadband for All

Rotherhithe suffers from very poor broadband connection speeds, in some patches as low as 1.5Mbps. This is mostly due to the history of the area as a dockland area with surrounding warehouses. Most people who worked on the Surrey Docks lived elsewhere particularly in neighbouring Bermondsey. The installation of a fibre infrastructure has been hampered [...]

14 09, 2014

Census 2011

Since 1841, the UK government has surveyed the whole population ever ten years. It means that we have an inexhaustible resource of information about our community and its development. The most recent of these decadal surveys was held on 27 March 2011 and the results from that census have continued to be released well into 2013. Recently, [...]

8 09, 2014

Sellars and the Decathlon site

Interest in the developments at Canada Water has never been higher. The announcement that British Land are proposing to redevelop the Printworks site (read about it here) and now the Shopping Centre site too (read about it here) opens the way to a huge transformation of the current picture around the transport hubs at both Canada [...]

12 08, 2014

Property just goes up and up

Most of us know that the cost of housing in SE16 has been constantly escalating over recent years. Whether you rent your home, live in a leasehold flat or own your property outright, the price of your home is a constant factor in all your financial calculations. Bermondsey and Rotherhithe are some of the most [...]