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Press releases

Borough Market awarded Blue Plaque

1 January 1970

London’s oldest and best loved food markets was today (2 February 2012) honoured with a commemorative blue plaque by Southwark Council to celebrate over 250 years of trading fruit and veg.

Hundreds of people make their own Southwark Promise to improve community

Hundreds of people have made their own "Southwark promise" setting out how they can improve their local community following the disorder in Southwark last month.

15 September 2011

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Month 2011

LGBT History Month takes place every February, celebrating the lives and achievements of the LGBT community with the aim, say organisers, of "claiming our history, celebrating our present, creating our future".

2 February 2011

Southwark takes the stress out of schools admissions

As the summer holidays draw to a close and parents' thoughts turn to the new school term, Southwark Council launches its new schools admissions brochures.

31 August 2010

Tenants to get automatic rebates when services go down

50,000 tenants and leaseholders will have services improved or receive a rebate when there are disruptions.

27 August 2010

Food waste pilot to improve recycling rates

A pilot scheme to recycle food waste is to get underway in parts of Southwark.

25 August 2010

Record breaking year for A-levels in Southwark

With almost all of the borough's A-level results in, Southwark's students look to have had a record breaking year.

20 August 2010

Southwark's residents can recycle on the go, as busy spots get special recycling bins

Scheme to contribute to aim of doubling Southwark's recycling rate by 2014.

13 August 2010

The sea monster of Tooley Street

Southwark Council can today reveal the truth behind the Tooley St sea monster that has been turning heads all summer.

6 August 2010

Spring clearout recycler wins £1000

Resident of Dulwich, Southwark and winner of the Spring Clear Out Recycling Giveaway, with Councillor Barrie Hargrove, cabinet member for transport, environment and recycling at Southwark Council. As the lucky winner of Southwark Council’s Spring Clearout Recycling Giveaway, Southwark resident Claire Penry-Davey has won £1000, just for recycling.

5 August 2010

Green business service launches in Peckham’s Low Carbon Zone

Retail businesses in Peckham can now access free support to help them cut costs and increase profits.

3 August 2010

Southwark community wardens discover over 50 weapons in year’s worth of sweeps

Dangerous weapon Southwark Council’s community wardens have recovered 51 weapons in the last twelve months, as part of their regular weapon sweeps across the borough.

2 August 2010

Leader says to minister: 'See what cuts will do to the borough'

Southwark Council's Leader has invited the minister who will ultimately decide the fate of the area’s public services to see what cuts will do to the borough.

29 July 2010

Potters Fields deal gets the green light

On 26 July Southwark Council’s cabinet approved a landmark agreement between the authority and Berkeley Homes on the future development of Potters Fields, a high profile site in London’s South Bank.

27 July 2010

Southwark's new fleet of vehicles saves energy and money

Vehicles herald yearly savings of nearly £300,000 and over 90 tonnes of carbon emissions.

27 July 2010

Peckham’s Rye Lane, the former Golden Mile, given £650,000 makeover

From today (Monday 19 July) pedestrians, shoppers and businesses will enjoy a totally transformed Rye Lane in Peckham, following nearly three quarters of a million pounds of improvements.

19 July 2010

Southwark hosts its own sports challenge

Two years to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, aspiring sports stars are being urged to head to Surrey Quays Shopping Centre on Saturday 24 July for Southwark's sports challenge.

19 July 2010

Maydew residents get their views discussed in cabinet meeting

On Tuesday, the cabinet will meet to discuss the future for the people who live in Maydew House.

15 July 2010

Southwark Council Statement on Livesey Museum

Councillor Veronica Ward said:"The Livesey museum was given to Southwark by George Livesey to provide educational benefits to the residents of the former parish of Camberwell.

15 July 2010

From foster care to Cambridge University: successful care leaver returns to Southwark to inspire children to follow in his footsteps

A young man, who grew up in care and went on to become a Cambridge undergraduate, is hoping to inspire the next generation of children in care to follow in his footsteps.

15 July 2010

Safe crossing for Nell Gwynn Nursery School children

Parents, teachers and schoolchildren at Nell Gwynn Nursery School celebrated last Friday (9 July) the opening of a new zebra crossing which they campaigned for.

15 July 2010

‘We will be honest about impact of government cuts’ – council leader vows to open up budget

With what are expected to be unprecedented government cuts on the horizon, Southwark Council’s leader has vowed to be honest with residents about the scale of the challenge that lies ahead.

15 July 2010

Pioneering furniture reuse scheme shortlisted for national award

Southwark Council is in the running for a national recycling award this week (Thursday 15 July) for its innovative furniture reuse partnership with a national charity.

14 July 2010

Pioneering furniture reuse scheme shortlisted for national award

Southwark Council is in the running for a national recycling award this week (Thursday 15 July) for its innovative furniture reuse partnership with a national charity.

14 July 2010

Residents to have their say on business improvements in Walworth

Residents of the Brandon Estate in Walworth are being consulted as Southwark Council plans to improve shopfronts for businesses on the estate.

14 July 2010

Swimming discounts continue in Southwark despite government cuts

The borough's children will continue to enjoy free swimming over the summer holidays despite government cuts, and at no extra cost to the authority, Southwark Council has today confirmed.

13 July 2010

Penalties for selling illegal skin lighteners costs company more than £7,000

Southwark Council’s trading standards team have had more success in their long running campaign against businesses in the borough selling illegal and dangerous skin lightening creams.

12 July 2010

Time to think about admissions: council urges parents to get their school application in on time

It may be months before the deadline for school applications, but Southwark Council is urging parents to start thinking about admissions now, and contact the council if they have any questions.

12 July 2010

Southwark BSF projects will all go ahead, despite government cuts

Southwark's secondary schools have emerged unscathed from massive cuts in government funding to rebuilding projects, it was confirmed today.

9 July 2010

Historic transformation of the Elephant and Castle gets the green light

The Cabinet have agreed to the terms of a detailed Regeneration Agreement with commercial partners, Lend Lease, that paves the way for the historic £1.5bn transformation of the Elephant and Castle.

7 July 2010

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