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Spending cuts: as bad as we thought, if not worse

Spending cuts: as bad as we thought, if not worse

The upcoming government spending review in October is going to be bad for the public sector, but how bad exactly. Well, Southwark, Lewisham and Lambeth have all, in their different ways, been preparing us for cuts of perhaps 25% over 2011-2014, and a cut of that size would be devastating enough. And, according to a [...]

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Bridging the gap: more cuts in Lewisham

Bridging the gap: more cuts in Lewisham

Lewisham continues to be the South London council in our area which is being the most transparent on the need for cuts, and its papers for the upcoming Accounts Committee meeting this evening continue the trend. A reminder: there are two sets of cuts facing London councils, one known, the other (and scarier) unknown. The [...]

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Gordonbrock school rebuild plan approved

Lewisham’s planning committee has approved the rebuilding of Gordonbrock School, according to the Ladywell Village Improvement Group: Lewisham’s planning committee has given the go-ahead for the rebuilding of Gordonbrock School and the redevelopment of Prendergast School’s Adelaide Ave site. Work on rebuilding the 109-year-old Gordonbrock primary will now start early next year with the school [...]

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New Surrey Canal station refused central government funding

New Surrey Canal station refused central government funding

Remember all those wonderfully high-minded plans for the area around the New Den – dubbed optimistically Surrey Canal: London’s Sporting Village by developers? Well, they’re looking distinctly shaky today, as there won’t be any money coming from central government for the cornerstone of the scheme: a new station at Surrey Canal Road. Regeneration and Renewal [...]

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Grim stats for sexually-transmitted infections in South London

The Health Protection Agency has released its statistics on sexually-transmitted infections in the UK, and it makes pretty grim reading for anyone concerned with the welfare of young people in South London. The HPA’s data by region can be seen here as a PDF. We’ve also uploaded it to our public Google docs area. The [...]

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Southwark dries up as 110 pubs close

If you like a beer and a natter, Southwark is increasingly the place not to be, according to this story from the Morning Advertiser. ‘Labour should apologise for pub closures’ – General news – Politics – Morning Advertiser: Southwark tops the list, losing 110 of its pubs, followed by Liverpool with 100 and Birmingham with [...]

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Last week’s round up

We were away for most of last week and we’re just catching up. Here’s what we missed last week: Blackfriars station is closing for two months from 20 November (though trains will still run through it) as part of the Thameslink upgrade works. And there’s also asuggestion from LibDem Simon Hughes that the station should [...]

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Deptford Green gets green light

Lambeth got kicked to bits by Michael Gove’s cuts to the Building Schools for the Future, but Lewisham has some good news – the PFI for Deptford Green School, worth £28.6 million, closed yesterday. Costain will build the school, which is the first PFI BSF project to get the green light under Gove, and is [...]

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South London joins Future Libraries programme

Brockley Central points out an interesting-looking announcement from the Museum Libraries and Archives Service. First ten areas to join Future Libraries programme announced: Fifty one submissions, representing over 100 local authorities, have come forward with proposals for innovative collaborations and initiatives – ten of these projects will be taken forward and offered practical support and [...]

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Lewisham begins “problem drinking” trial consultation

Lewisham begins “problem drinking” trial consultation

Lewisham has announced plans for a trial of a Designated Public Place Order (also known as a Drinking Control Zone) to crack down on “problem drinking” in the borough. The DPPO would cover the whole of the borough for a six month trial. The trial has been approved by the Mayor, Steve Bullock, but the [...]

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