The Canada Water West Residents Action Group was set up in June 2015 to represent households on the western edge of the vast site that British Land and Southwark Council want to redevelop around Surrey Quays shopping centre.
While the action group is broadly in favour of redevelopment, it is opposed to British Land and Southwark Council’s plan to cut down dozens of mature trees that currently line the western edge of the shopping centre car park. This haven for wildlife is now known as ‘Ada’s Garden’.
By pushing back hard against early attempts to steamroll this plan through, we secured a consultation which took place during spring 2016. Facing overwhelming opposition from the community, Southwark Council agreed to rethink its preferred site for the new leisure centre.
It is not just a question of preserving the trees and wildlife. The site the council wanted to build on is in an out-of-the-way position, much less accessible than the current Seven Islands leisure centre site, which is served by seven bus routes and has a long tradition of being used for swimming and other leisure activities.
The community deserves a better leisure centre than the one envisaged for this afterthought location. For more information, read this leaflet we have produced, and explore the rest of this website, which gives more detail about the trees, the wildlife and what you can do. Our blog posts, meanwhile, chart our progress so far – including lots of coverage in the Southwark News.
If you want to share your views with your local councillors, they can be reached by email on:
– Cllr Stephanie Cryan = firstname.lastname@example.org
– Cllr Kath Whittam = email@example.com
– Cllr Bill Williams = firstname.lastname@example.org