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Borough, Bankside and Walworth

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What are community councils about?


Our five Community councils offer local people a chance to be involved in decision making, and an opportunity for local viewpoints to be heard. They are open to everyone, no matter what age or background, and allow the community to have a say about issues that affect them.

The five community councils are based on current council ward boundaries. Each has elected Councillors as voting members, and are an important part of the council's decision making process

The five Community Councils in Southwark are: Bermondsey & Rotherhithe; Borough, Bankside & Walworth; Camberwell; Dulwich; Peckham & Nunhead.

The community councils hold public meetings, about 5 times a year, where local people can meet with each other and with the ward Councillors, to discuss key issues of concern, and help influence decisions on matters of local interest. The executive decision making function occurs at the first and last meetings of each cycle – beginning in June.

The meetings are held at different locations across the community council area, lasting about two to three hours, and can be on a weekday evening or a Saturday afternoon. The meetings are usually themed around a particular topic, such as transport, development, environment, employment etc. and there are presentations from council officers, special interest groups and local initiatives with some relevance to the theme.

How can you get involved?

People can -

·         Attend a meeting

·         Contact their local Councillor about raising a specific issue

·         Submit a petition to a community council

·         Raise a deputation

·         Ask a question or take part in the open discussion during the meeting

·         Present their community activity at a community slot

·         Additionally, the community councils can facilitate and support the forming of new groups, and local projects through funding opportunities, advice and introductions

People can also sign up to receive regular email notifications about community councils and other local activities by contacting your community council officer.


Cllr Eleanor Kerslake

BBW Vice Chair Jury-Dada

Chair - Cllr Eleanor Kerslake



Vice Chair - Cllr Samantha Jury-Dada


The New Look community council

From January 2017 the community council meetings have had a bit of a make over, in response to the many requests for more discussion, time to network, and ask questions in a more informal setting.

We have got rid of the top table/ theatre style seating, and you will now be able to interact with your Councillors as well as your neighbours in a much more sociable way. There are still five meetings a year, but only two of these will involve executive decision making sessions, which will be for Cleaner Greener Safer (CGS) and Neighbourhoods (NsF) funding decisions, and will usually take about 30 to 45 minutes at the beginning of the meeting. The rest of the meeting will be on the informal themes and discussions.

Only the executive part of these two meetings will have full agenda packs with reports. Any reports for information only will be announced and a link provided.

The programme for the regular meeting should be displayed on the projector screen, included on the reverse of your invitation letter, or available as a download from the website. Some copies will be provided at the meetings on a first come first served basis.

We are always looking to improve your experience of community councils, so please don't hesitate to let us know what you think of the new format.


Each community council produces a regular monthly newsletter, in which you will find a great array of interesting items, including Local events, Funding opportunities, Job ads, and all sorts of useful information. If you would like to receive this newsletter, please email your cc Officer and ask to be added to the list for your area. In addition, if you have items to contribute to the newsletter, we welcome items of local interest such as events that are coming up etc. about 200 words, and/or a flyer is ideal. We cannot promote commercial adverts, but charitable or community interest would be great. Please send your contribution to the cc officer. We reserve the right as editors to exclude unsuitable items

facebook Page

Each community council also has a Facebook page, and welcomes local community postings. To access your Borough, Bankside & Walworth page you can look for  @BBWcommunitycouncil   or go to the link which is https://www.facebook.com/BBWcommunitycouncil/

 Please like the page and share with your friends and neighbours.

Terms and Conditions - Facebook page


Community Council Facebook Terms and Conditions  

Each community council Facebook page is intended to enable members of the community, and other visitors to exchange views, ideas and experience on a range of subjects, and promote local community activities and events. By leaving comments on the site, users accept that this is at their own risk, and they are responsible for the contents of the post.

The contents of the post do not necessarily reflect the views of the Council

The council accepts no liability in respect of any content submitted by users and published on the site.  

Facebook is only ever as good as the people who use it so please visit regularly and contribute freely. The usefulness and accessibility of page is affected by the balance of content, the tone of discussion, and the opportunity for all users to have a voice. We ask that all contributors act responsibly when posting or replying to messages.  

House rules  

It is for this purpose that there are a few ‘house rules’ which users will be required to observe:  

·          Do not post anything which might be considered to be indecent, discriminatory (e.g. racist, sexist, homophobic), defamatory, abusive or threatening

·          Do not post the personal details of others

·          Do not post any third party material that infringes any legal rights such as copyright

·         Do not post spam or messages advertising commercial products or services, Members under 18 should obtain their parent or guardian's permission before posting any comments or materials.  

Employees of Southwark Council using the site are also bound by the Code of Conduct for council employees. Southwark’s elected representatives are bound by the Code of Conduct for members.  

Guidelines for interpreting the house rules  

·         If you wish to make a criticism, please do so constructively and without ever attacking people personally. Please state your opinions and viewpoints carefully, with tact and in a moderate manner.

·         Humour that might work verbally can sometimes come across as mean or judgmental in the written word

·         Please keep your language clean. That way no one can be offended  

Our approach to moderation  

If you feel there is a post that is offensive in any way, in the first instance please contact the page administrator. Action will be taken as soon as possible. It should be noted that the site will only be moderated between 09.30 and 17.30

Persistent offenders will be blocked permanently.

We reserve the right to edit or delete content which is in breach of the house rules at our discretion. Moderation will be undertaken regularly, and every effort will be made to remove unsuitable content, but it is possible that on occasions it may not take place for more than 48 hours. If offensive material is posted it is also the responsibility of users to alert the administrator.



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