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Advice for responding to the Canada Water Masterplan

What is it? A hybrid application which is in outline for most of the huge 45-acre site of Surrey Quays Shopping Centre and car park and the Surrey Quays Leisure Park behind it but detailed for three sites: A1 is … Continue reading

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Other Open Space: a new campaign for Ada’s Garden

Canada Water West Residents Action Group is encouraging our supporters to request ‘Other Open Space’ status for Ada’s Garden, the woodland on the western edge of the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre. The site was previously under threat of destruction to make way for … Continue reading

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Seven Islands in its heyday: what we’ve lost and what we need to fight for

A supporter recently sent me the  official opening brochure from 1965 for the Seven Islands Leisure Centre (then called the Rotherhithe Baths and Assembly Hall). With the Centre currently shut for refurbishment and its future uncertain, it is fascinating to be … Continue reading

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Council has change of heart on leisure centre site

After over a year of campaigning, we were delighted to hear today from Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for New Homes and Regeneration, that he has changed his mind about the Council’s ‘preferred’ site for a new leisure centre for Canada … Continue reading

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Guerrilla Gardening event attracts the attention of the Evening Standard

Under the headline “Campaigners across London fight to save their community’s green spaces” the Evening Standard featured our campaign to save Ada’s Garden in a video published online on 29th April. You can watch the video here and see footage … Continue reading

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Residents dedicate threatened wildlife area to famed local campaigner Ada Salter

Yesterday supporters of Canada Water West gathered to unveil a beautiful  handcrafted oak sign to rename a wildlife area, situated on the edge of the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, “Ada’s Garden”. We are highlighting the importance of the site to the … Continue reading

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Consultation now open: speak up to save our trees!

Southwark Council has now opened its consultation on its plan to cut down dozens of trees and destroy a wildlife area to move the Seven Islands leisure centre to a vastly inferior site. You can find the consultation by clicking here. … Continue reading

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The latest from British Land and Bye bye trees, hello traffic

In December members of our campaign team met with representatives of British Land to get more information about the consultation process on the Canada Water Masterplan. The headline from the meeting is that British Land is proposing to turn Deal Porters Way … Continue reading

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Key Southwark Council committee says Seven Islands is “most plausible” site for new leisure centre

So, it appears that the committee tasked with holding Southwark Council to account agrees with us on a pretty major point. The Southwark Council Oversight and Scrutiny Committee in recent days said that “the most plausible option” for a new leisure … Continue reading

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The hidden Southwark Council document that proves its plan to replace Seven Islands leisure centre is half-baked

In response to a freedom of information act request, Southwark Council has released a document drawn up as recently as November 2013 that examined its options for renewing or replacing the Seven Islands leisure centre. The research, carried out by AFLS+P Architects, … Continue reading

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Council rejects opportunity to rethink Seven Islands plan

At October’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting, Cllr Mark Williams and his team will again be justifying his decision to build a new leisure centre on top of the Surrey Quays Wildlife Area. He has spent a month reflecting on … Continue reading

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Residents and Supporters meeting 12th October

Come along to the Mayflower TRA Hall in Neptune Street at 7pm to meet the group and some of your neighbours. We’ll be serving food and drink and bringing the community up to speed on our campaign so far. If … Continue reading

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Southwark Council promises to look again at alternatives to building leisure centre on wildlife area

We have received an email from Southwark Council with the good news that it will go back and look again at alternatives to its plan to knock down Seven Islands and construct a replacement leisure centre on the Surrey Quays wildlife area. The … Continue reading

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Canada Water Consultative Forum criticises Southwark Council plan at committee meeting

The Canada Water Consultative Forum was set up in 2000 to consider all the major plans and policies relating to the regeneration of the Canada Water area. Its chair, Pauline Adenwalla, gave evidence to Southwark Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee … Continue reading

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Survey shows overwhelming local opposition to plan to relocate Seven Islands

The Canada Water West Residents Action Group has canvassed more than 100 residents in Lower Road, Ann Moss Way, Gomm Road, Hothfield Place, Hithe Grove, China Hall Mews, Courthope House and Orchid House. No-one was supportive of the plans to … Continue reading

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Campaign to save Seven Islands leisure centre and Surrey Quays wildlife area appears to win concession

Last Monday’s meeting of the Southwark Council overview and scrutiny meeting gave us the chance to put the residents’ view to the council and listen to Councillor Mark Williams defend his decision to push for a resiting of the Seven Islands … Continue reading

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Southwark Council plan is “called in”: now help us show councillors the strength of local feeling next Monday (Sept 7)

We have had some good news: the “calling in” of Southwark Council’s attempt to name the wildlife area by the Surrey Quays Tesco as its preferred site for a new leisure centre to replace Seven Islands. This is a significant opportunity. We now need … Continue reading

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Two more articles reporting on the battle to refurbish Seven Islands leisure centre and save the wildlife area

Southwark News has run another article on our cause, this time focusing on the strong case for refurbishing the Seven Islands leisure centre rather than tearing it down and building a new one on a wildlife area just metres from residents’ … Continue reading

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Southwark News reports on our battle to stop the wildlife area being cut down

The influential Southwark News local paper has run a piece on our fight to protect the wildlife area from destruction by Southwark Council and British Land this week. It has run both online and in a page eight spread in … Continue reading

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Choice of Seven Islands replacement site: a done deal?

When Southwark Council went public last week on its plan to cut down a wildlife area containing dozens of trees to build a replacement for Seven Islands leisure centre, it said there would be time to lobby it before a decision was made on … Continue reading

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