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Honey bees move into Southwark’s waste site

Published on 8 June 2016


Six beehives have been installed at the Southwark recycling and waste facility to increase biodiversity at the site and positively impact the local environment.

Tower Bridge 'no idling' scheme launches

Anti idling

Published on 11 February 2016

Drivers using Tower Bridge are being encouraged to stop idling and switch their engines off when the bridge is opening to help lower emissions and boost air quality.

Up to £1000 EnviroGrant fund available in 2016


Published on 11 February 2016

The Southwark EnviroGrant scheme relaunches for its sixth year, offering community groups and schools the opportunity to be awarded up to £1000 for environmental projects that enrich the local area.

Southwark recycling rate named best in inner city London


Published on 4 December 2015

Recycling rates in Southwark are now the best in inner city London, according to figures released by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) this week.

Lendlease get go ahead for Elephant energy hub

Southwark Council

Published on 8 October 2015

Lendlease has announced that it has been granted permission for a new Energy Hub that will deliver net zero-carbon, affordable heat and hot water to residents and businesses across Elephant Park.

London Premiere of 'Landfill Harmonic' at Southwark recycling site

Landfill Harmonic

Published on 10 September 2015

The Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility will host the London Premiere screening of the documentary film 'Landfill Harmonic' on 10 September.

'Bag' to the future - A new life for your old carrier bags


Published on 15 July 2015

The lifecycle of a bag in Southwark is changing; all plastic bags brought to the Reuse and Recycling Centre (RRC) will now be recycled back into new bags to distribute to Southwark residents.

Burst water main in Kennington

Southwark Council

Published on 29 June 2015

Latest information about the burst water main in Kennington.

Benhill Road Nature Garden reopens

Benhill Gardens

Published on 24 June 2015

Local residents celebrated the reopening of the Benhill Road Nature Garden on Tuesday 16 June following its fantastic transformation.

Benhill Road Nature Garden to reopen

Benhill Gardens

Published on 10 June 2015

Come and get up close with nature this summer at the new and improved Benhill Road Nature Garden, Camberwell, SE5.

Sun to lead circular economy in Southwark

Solar panels

Published on 3 June 2015

The sun's power will now play a direct role in recycling the borough’s waste and saving energy thanks to 2,500 solar panels installed on the roof of the Southwark Integrated Waste Management Facility.

Multi-million pound flood alleviation scheme launches in Dulwich

Southwark Council

Published on 15 May 2015

A £4.2 million flood alleviation scheme to protect over 200 homes and businesses in Dulwich and Herne Hill from sewer and surface flooding has been completed today.

Southwark flood alleviation scheme wins national award

Southwark Council

Published on 27 March 2015

An innovative scheme to alleviate flooding in the Herne Hill area of Southwark has won this year’s Environment Agency (EA) award for Partnership Project Excellence.

Herne Hill flood money work to start

Herne Hill flooding

Published on 22 September 2014

One of the first projects funded by flood mitigation money, secured by the council for traders affected by last years burst pipe flooding in Herne Hill, should start this autumn.

Albion Primary School celebrates the Albion Estate tiered garden's transformation

Albion School

Published on 22 September 2014

A special planting and ribbon cutting event was held at the Albion Estate tiered garden last week to celebrate its recent restoration using a Cleaner Greener Safer (CGS) award.

A free guide promoting 12 nature reserves on the Green Chain is launched

Green Chain

Published on 4 August 2014

Each of the reserves makes for a really special visit and they are all perfectly placed at different points along the famous Green Chain Walk in South East London.

Mobile Recycling Centre springs up in time for clear-outs

Mobile Recycling Centre

Published on 7 March 2014

Southwark's Mobile Recycling Centre will be out and about this spring, helping residents to recycle more easily.

Southwark Council gets tough on fly-tippers

Waste bins

Published on 7 March 2014

Southwark Council is continuing to make positive strides in its fight against illegal dumping. Last year, over 3,000 incidents of fly-tipping were investigated by the council’s environment team.

Further testimonies heard at packed public meeting on Supersewer plans

Southwark council logo

Published on 6 February 2014

At a packed public meeting at Glazier's Hall the Planning Inspectorate heard more testimonies from people living and working around Chamber's Wharf about the impact of the Thames Water super sewer.

Southwark children 'think globally but act locally' when it comes to air pollution


Published on 21 January 2014

Pupils in Southwark have been busy drumming up local awareness as part of the first round of Southwark’s Clean Air 4 Schools programme.

Partnership launches London’s first low carbon energy from waste network


Published on 29 November 2013

Almost 8,000 tonnes of carbon emissions per year will be cut as the council and its recycling partner Veolia Environmental Services launches London’s first energy from waste district heating network.

Local residents encouraged to turn out against Super Sewer

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Published on 19 November 2013

Residents living in and around the Chamber’s Wharf area are being encouraged to attend an open hearing this week to voice their objections to the proposed Super Sewer site at Chamber’s Wharf.

Council set to make its case against damaging Super Sewer plans

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Published on 6 November 2013

Southwark Council will be making its case this month against proposals to use Chambers Wharf for the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

Stormy weather

High winds

Published on 28 October 2013

An update on services and the work of council teams following high winds that affected the borough on Sunday 27 October and Monday 28 October

Southwark Council persuades Thames Water to match its £100,000 fund for Herne Hill businesses

Herne Hill flooding

Published on 14 October 2013

Southwark Council has persuaded Thames Water to contribute £100,000 to help Herne Hill businesses get back on their feet following the burst water main in August.

Southwark Council reveals plans to alleviate flood risk in Herne Hill

Herne Hill flooding August 2013

Published on 1 October 2013

Plans for a £3.4m pioneering flood alleviation scheme in Herne Hill have been announced by Southwark Council.

Council rolls out Cleaner Air for Schools Programme this autumn

Airtext logo

Published on 24 September 2013

Southwark Council is working with six local primary schools and Parose Projects to deliver the Cleaner Air for Schools (CA4S) programme.

Herne Hill flooding - 12 August update

Herne Hill flooding August 2013

Published on 12 August 2013

A large water main burst in Half Moon Lane on 7 August causing significant damage to the whole carriageway and one footway.

New Green Flag Awards for three of Southwark's parks

Burgess Park

Published on 8 August 2013

Three parks in Southwark have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award. Burgess Park, Belair Park and Tabard Gardens are now ranked amongst the best parks and open spaces in the country.

Plans announced for the capital's first heat from waste network

SELCHP groundbreaking

Published on 6 August 2013

Southwark Council and Veolia Environmental Services have announced plans to supply heating and hot water to parts of the borough generated through the South East London Combined Heat and Power energy recovery facility (SELCHP).

Southwark Council takes tough line on dog fouling


Published on 19 July 2013

Southwark Council has launched a new campaign to reduce levels of dog fouling in the borough.

Double award win for the Low Carbon Zone, Peckham, at the Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards 2013

Published on 15 July 2013

Southwark’s Low Carbon Zone, Peckham have been commended at the Constructing Excellence in London and the South East Awards.

Southwark Council delivers on promises

Fairer future

Published on 1 July 2013

New homes delivery, a significant reduction in violent crime and an extensive programme of major housing repair works are just some of the promises Southwark Council is keeping.

Bringing customer services in-house

Customer services

Published on 5 June 2013

Southwark Council has brought its customer services in-house and council staff will be dealing with repairs, benefits and waste collection enquiries.

Southwark schools go green with support from innovative council promise

Lightbulb moment

Published on 25 April 2013

Southwark Council is encouraging its local schools to sign up to an innovative programme to become energy efficient and reduce carbon emissions across the borough.

Top tips available for planning your summer street parties

Residents celebrating a British holiday with a street party

Published on 17 April 2013

There may not be a Jubilee weekend or Olympics this year but Southwark Council is still encouraging communities to take to the streets for a party this summer.

Cleaner air for Southwark schools

Published on 22 February 2013

School children across Southwark will soon inhale cleaner air thanks to funding of £40k to spend on an innovative project to tackle air pollution around primary schools.

Veolia Southwark EnviroGrant launch 2013

Envirogrant 2013

Published on 12 February 2013

The Southwark EnviroGrant scheme is about to reopen for its third year.

Southwark Council plans council tax freeze for fifth year in a row

Published on 1 February 2013

Southwark residents will see a zero per cent increase in their council tax, after the planned 2013/14 draft budget was approved this week by Cabinet.

End of the road for Rotherhithe New Road trees

Southwark Council logo

Published on 7 January 2013

A long running attempt by Southwark Council to save three overgrown mature plane trees on Rotherhithe New Road, SE16, looks set to end this year.

My Southwark sets 'The Blue' print for excellent customer services in Southwark

Photography by AMA

Published on 3 January 2013

My Southwark Customer Service Point, the new customer services hub for residents in the Bermondsey area, has opened at 11 Market Place, The Blue, Bermondsey SE16 3UQ.

Burgess Park unveils multi-million pound makeover

Burgess Park opening

Published on 15 October 2012

The transformed Burgess Park has been officially marked with a commemorative plaque to thank all those involved.

A day of wonder

Wonder Open Day

Published on 18 September 2012

Veolia Environmental Services in partnership with Southwark Council will be opening its doors to the general public.

Burgess Park fully re-opened for Burgess Banquet

Burgess Baquet

Published on 5 September 2012

Southwark Council welcomed 3,000 people to the newly transformed and fully re-opened Burgess Park for The Burgess Banquet on Sunday 2 September 2012.

Southwark parks awarded yet more Green Flags

Green flag

Published on 19 July 2012

Southwark parks have been awarded an additional four Green Flags, now boasting a total of 14 flags, up from ten last year and eight the year before.

Southwark to launch a new green heating network

Green heating

Published on 16 May 2012

A groundbreaking move to create a network of underground pipes that will bring heat from wasted energy into the heart of six estates is being taken forward by Southwark council.

Southwark looks at new green heating network

Published on 8 May 2012

A groundbreaking move to create a network of underground pipes that would bring heat from wasted energy into the heart of six Southwark estates is being discussed at a consultation meeting tonight.

Kate Humble opens London's first inner-city recycling and waste facility

Kate Humble meets local school children

Published on 17 April 2012

One of the most advanced recycling and waste centres in Europe has officially been opened in the London Borough of Southwark by broadcaster and environmentalist Kate Humble.

First new trees for Burgess Park

Proposed design for Burgess Park

Published on 23 January 2012

The first of dozens of new trees have been planted at Burgess Park as part of its ongoing multimillion pound makeover, council chiefs have anounced.

Southwark Council fully prepared for severe weather

Southwark's cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling, Barrie Hargrove, at the Council's salt depot

Published on 16 December 2011

The council’s highways and environment teams are reassuring residents that they are as prepared as possible for any severe weather this winter.

Southwark offers £1,000 reward following Salter statue theft

Statue of Dr. Alfred Salter, health pioneer, in Cherry Garden Pier, Bermondsey

Published on 22 November 2011

Council chiefs are offering a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of metal thieves who stole a much loved bronze statue of one of London's greatest social reformers.

Industrial diesel tanks discovered during clean up at Burgess Park

Published on 16 November 2011

Two disused industrial tanks have been discovered buried deep in the ground in Burgess Park by Southwark Council while carrying out a major redevelopment of the site.

Early glimpse of London’s first inner-city waste and recycling facility in action

Aerial view of the integrated waste management facility on the Old Kent Road

Published on 11 November 2011

One of the most advanced waste and recycling centres in Europe is now up and running.

Southwark questions need for Thames Water "super-sewer"

Published on 31 October 2011

Southwark Council today backed an independent commission questioning the need for plans by Thames Water to build a £3.6bn "super-sewer" across London.

Salisbury Row public space project wins another national award

Salisbury Row regeneration project aerial view

Published on 17 October 2011

A project to reclaim local roads and revamp a public space into a greener, safer ‘community’, has won a prestigious National Transport Award.

Southwark rolls out recycling scheme to 35,000 homes

Published on 5 October 2011

Council chiefs have delivered new recycling bins to 35,000 homes across Southwark to help make it one of the greenest boroughs in London.

Council gets £1.5m to help prevent flooding across the borough.

Published on 16 September 2011

Southwark Council is welcoming the announcement of nearly £1.5m to help prepare the borough against flooding from surface water run off and ground water.

Southwark Council’s Salisbury Row project impresses national judges to win yet another award

Published on 1 September 2011

Southwark Council’s project to transform an overlooked and dangerous part of the Elephant and Castle into a popular community space has been recognised as the best in the country.

Borough arts organisation gets council’s highest green honour

Peter Wilkinson receiving award from Cllr Barrie Hargrove

Published on 4 August 2011

Jerwood Space in Bankside has been awarded a Gold Environmental Business Award by Southwark Council.

Peckham school celebrates its Low Carbon Zone achievements

Published on 3 August 2011

Pupils at the Peckham Park school held a celebration event to mark a major energy saving milestone.

Expansion of food waste pilot could herald huge benefits for the borough.

Two Southwark residents with brown bins for waste recycling

Published on 15 June 2011

Nearly fifty thousand homes to be given a third more recycling space as part of raft of improvements.

Southwark Council to implement share of Mayor’s £4m access improvements to London's South Bank

Published on 26 May 2011

London’s South Bank, one of the capital’s most popular visitor destinations, is set to benefit from a £4 million makeover from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, in time for the 2012 Games.

Work on multi-million pound Burgess Park transformation set to start

Published on 21 April 2011

Over 90,000 new plants are to go in by spring 2012, with a temporary partial closure programme in place to allow works to progress.

House sparrows find happiness in Burgess Park say RSPB

Published on 4 April 2011

Sparrows in Southwark are bucking a London trend by flocking to Southwark in greater numbers thanks to meadows planted in Walworth and Peckham, according to an independent annual survey.

Southwark Council hosts successful schools Eco Oscars

Published on 17 March 2011

Southwark Council hosts successful schools Eco Oscars

Thames Tunnel consultation drop-in sessions

Published on 25 February 2011

Have your say on the proposed Thames Tunnel.

Reclaimed Southwark furniture raises £12,000 for national charity

Published on 24 January 2011

A pioneering scheme to reuse unwanted furniture, run by Southwark Council, the British Heart Foundation and Veolia Environmental Services, has raised £12,000 in its first year.

New air quality monitoring station opens in Southwark

Published on 13 December 2010

Southwark Council opens a new station to monitor levels of air pollution in the borough

Green Chain Walk launches new Southwark extension

Councillor Ward cutting the opening ribbon

Published on 28 September 2010

An historic Green Chain event took place on Sunday 26 September to mark the linking of Southwark’s green spaces to a London wide network.

Rotherhithe print firm wins prestigious environmental business award

Cllr Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council, left, presents the Gold Environmental Business Award to Mark Sayer, Operations Director at SPM Print

Published on 7 June 2010

A printing firm in Rotherhithe has been given a gold environmental business award by Southwark Council.

Southwark top of country’s Eco-Schools table

Published on 25 May 2010

More schools in Southwark have registered as Eco-Schools than anywhere else in England, according to latest figures.

Planning a new Low Carbon Zone

Published on 25 May 2010

One of the first projects in an ambitious London-wide climate change initiative is getting underway in Peckham.

New Thames path opens

Published on 25 May 2010

Londoners can take full advantage of a new Thames path opened last Saturday 22 May which allows them to walk down the riverside.

Council encourages Southwark residents to join an Eco Team and make a real difference

Published on 15 February 2010

Southwark Council, together with environmental organisation Global Action Plan, is encouraging residents in the borough to sign up to a new environmentally friendly scheme.

Council proposes a clampdown on things that go bump in the night

Published on 13 January 2010

Noisy neighbours can be a real nuisance, and the council is currently asking residents how the council can help.

Private developments deliver £23m in community funds to Southwark residents

Published on 30 December 2009

Better systems, tougher negotiation and knowing what the community wants have resulted in £23m of local projects delivered via agreements secured by Southwark Council with private developers.

Private developments deliver £23m in community funds to Southwark residents

Published on 30 December 2009

Better systems, tougher negotiation and knowing what the community wants have resulted in £23m of local projects delivered via agreements secured by Southwark Council with private developers.

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