Support SE1 United! In its 9th year and doing amazing work with young people in Southwark

SE1 United is not a conventional youth club […] It’s what the young people have made it. They see it also as a way they themselves can change other people’s lives in the community. It’s been a huge huge benefit to this part of Waterloo.”  Kate Hoey, Vauxhall MP.

Last weekend Young people’s charity SE1 United has marked nine years as a youth group with a reception at County Hall on the South Bank.

Sarah Cretch said that the charity was active in Lambeth and Southwark offering young people a programme of events, cultural opportunities, mentoring, training, educational support and travel. However, funding had recently been reduced due to cuts in government and other public grants.

“Our entire programme is delivered in 2011-2012 for £170,000,” said the chair. “It currently costs £200,000 to keep one person under 16 in the criminal justice system. What’s better value?”

Read the article on the London SE1 site, visit their website here, and support them at


Anyone living in Stamford Street want to get involved with workshops at The National Theatre?


Do you live in Stamford Street – or know anyone who does to pass this on to?

Have you got a story to tell about the place that you live, the people you live with, your neighbours, the community you live in?

Would you like to work with actors and directors at the National Theatre?

Then come and get involved in a six week community project with the Learning department at the National Theatre

The project starts with tickets to see the production London Road at the National Theatre on Thursday 6th September 2012 and will be followed by a series of weekly sessions held at the National Theatre studio on The Cut.

Free and open to anyone over the age of 18

To find out more about the project please come to a meeting on Thursday 28th June 2012 at the pop-up workshop at the National Theatre 6pm – 8pm

Refreshments and a light tea will be provided

For information contact Flo on 02074523770

Local residents’ scathing letter regarding the way they have been consulted over the regeneration of the Elephant and Castle

Or rather, the way haven’t:

(From the people over on Southwark Notes)

Dear Soundings

Re: Elephant and Castle Regeneration Consultation

We are writing to you because we feel that there has been a serious misrepresentation of the amount of affordable housing to be built in Phase 2 of the Heygate redevelopment during the preplanning consultation that Soundings has conducted.

At both the exhibition in February and the Housing Workshop on 29th Jan the local community was told that Lendlease would be submitting an outline planning application that would include 25% affordable housing. This has proved not to be the case; instead Lendlease will only be building ‘as much affordable housing as is financially viable….’ This is in both the Planning Statement and the Housing Statement (8.1.4). The planning case officer has confirmed that the 25% minimum is not part of the application.

We will not labour the significance of this – instead of a guaranteed minimum of 600 affordable homes this development, when complete, could have no affordable housing at all. However whether this is good or bad is not the point of our complaint – it is that local community has been given no opportunity to gives its opinion on the true proposals.

Pre-planning consultation is part of the planning process. A report on the number of meetings, attendance etc. is usually part of the planning application. This report should now state that the local community was neither informed nor consulted about the amount of affordable housing and this should be taken into consideration by the planning committee. As the facilitator of the consultations we believe that it is Soundings responsibility to make sure this happens.

Yours sincerely

Jerry Flynn (ex Heygate resident, Elephant Amenity Network member)
Peter Stevenson (Crossway Church, Heygate Estate)
Adrian Glasspool (Heygate resident, EAN member)
Mark Tubbs (local resident)
Paul McGann (local resident, EAN member)
Lindon Rankin (local resident)
Katherine McNeil (local resident, EAN member)
Steve Lancashire (local resident, EAN member)
Chris Morris (local resident, EAN member)
Celia Cronin (Balfour St, EAN member)
Liliana Dmitrovic (Peoples Republic of Southwark)
M Pathmnabhan (Rockingham Estate)
Peter Davis (local resident)
Richard Lee (local resident, EAN member)
Jon Dennison (local resident, EAN member)
Hector Castells (local resident)
Luke Miller (local resident, EAN member


As part of the City of London Festival, which is now in its 50th year, there are a bunch of golden pianos lying around the city, free and waiting for anyone to come along and play them. Apparently there’s one in Borough Market. And i’m pretty sure i spotted one on Union Street… Anyone else spotted any round here?

Pop up publishing on Union St until 1st July








From Better Bankside website:

Union Press is a temporary and small scale publishing house dedicated to Union Street in South London.

Union Press is an open publishing workshop examining the ins and outs of Union Street and its surrounding communities while experimenting with forms of public production. For a 10 day period from 23 June 2012, we will open our doors on Flat Iron Square from a custom designed billboard kiosk.
A public program consisting of walks, talks and workshops will result in a multitude of publications ranging from catalogs, post cards, posters, fanzines, and more. To keep up to date with the rapidly evolving program visit our website on or get in touch directly if you would like to find out more or join the production.
Union Press is a project by public works, commissioned by Better Bankside as part of Bankside Urban Forest.