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Southwark Council commits to restoring the Walworth Town Hall

Published Friday, 19 July 2013

Walworth Town Hall after fire

Plans to retain a civic presence on the Walworth Road following a devastating fire at the Old Walworth Town Hall have been announced.

Southwark Council has pledged its commitment to retaining the Grade 2 listed building, including reopening the Cuming Museum and providing an enhanced library.

Aspirations for the site include a flexible space that could be used for a variety of purposes including community and civic events, exhibitions and performances and also the provision of facilities for marriage, civil partnership and citizenship ceremonies undertaken by the Southwark registrar's service.

The plans also embody the long term vision of the multi million pound regeneration of the Elephant and Castle which aims to bring improved educational and community facilities to the area, in addition to new housing, shops, a leisure centre and a brand new park.

A public consultation strategy is now being developed by Southwark Council to capture the views of residents, local community groups such as the Walworth Society, local businesses and young people. A detailed plan incorporating the results of the consultation will be published early next year.

Councillor Fiona Colley, cabinet member for regeneration and corporate strategy, said: "We have a clear vision to create a civic centre in Walworth that sets a new standard as a world-class public space. We want a civic building that will be right at the heart of the community, an amazing public place that is open and accessible to all. We want local people to have new and better ways to interact with the council whilst also offering local groups space and support to grow and prosper."

Councillor Colley continued: "The outpour of goodwill and support from local organisations, businesses and individuals demonstrated the significance of the building to so many people. Therefore it is our absolute commitment to listen to the views of local people and groups at every step of the way. Walworth Town Hall has played a binding role in local civic life for many years, combining the strong heritage and best traditions of our borough with local public service."

 

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