Walworth Town Hall - Future

Our Walworth Society meeting on 6th July focuses on Southwark Council's proposals for the Walworth Town Hall. Cllr Mark Williams, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and New Homes will attend the meeting to outline Southwark's newly published plans and take questions about them. Please do come along if you can.


Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 6th July 7pm. The meeting notes appear in the pdf attached below.


The details of Southwark's latest plans are summarised below in a recent statement (June 2017) from Cllr Williams:

Please see the note about the Town Hall from Cllr Mark Williams, Southwark Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and New Homes below. We have invited Cllr Williams to a future Walworth Society meeting to discuss the issues around this and will of course have this as an agenda item for our 6th July meeting.

Further to our previous discussions we will be considering a report at our next cabinet meeting on the future of Walworth Town Hall. We have carefully considered the work that we carried out jointly with you last year and unfortunately we are not in a position to allocate the additional £16-20m of capital needed to refurbish the buildings. We also now faced increased pressure on our revenue budgets and would not be able to afford to run services from the buildings even if we could afford to refurbish them. We did consider whether the works could be phased but this would not save the money required.

The report going to cabinet proposes to go to market to seek an arts and/or cultural use for the building. We have decided to go down this route (as opposed to a straight forward disposal) as we want to maintain as much public access as possible and bring in a use that will add to the vibrancy of the Walworth Road and support a mixed economy in the area. We will use some of the remaining capital that we have left from the project to secure a new Newington Library, in the local area, to replace the temporary home currently in The Artworks as this project is due to complete late next year. We will hold back the remaining capital allocated to the Walworth Town Hall project to potentially assist renovation work for an arts or cultural use.

This does not affect the meanwhile temporary use for the Newington Library. For the Walworth Town Hall itself we envisage a two stage process with expressions of interest and then tender negotiations.

The link to the report that went to Cabinet (Tuesday 20th June is in the link below:



The Walworth Society made a deputation to Southwark Council's Cabinet on Wednesday 18th July to discuss the results of the survey that we had been running over the Spring in conjucntion with the Walworth Councillors and the public meeting that was held on July 6th. The text of the deputation appears in the file below along with the report of the research.

Walworth Society - June Meeting and Latest News

1. Walworth Society Monthly Meeting – Thursday 1st June 7pm. Please find the notes of the meeting below. Our next meeting is 7pm Thursday 6th July. The meeting will be held in St Peter's Church.

2. Walworth Festival - Special Volunteers' Meeting Monday 12th June 6pm-8pm.

News about a special get-together for anyone interested in volunteering at the events coming up in Walworth over the summer. If you are planning on going to this event, please can you RSVP:
robert@communitysouthwark.org or phone Robert on 020 7358 7019

Full details at:



The Walworth Society recently announced that they will bringing back to life the old Walworth Festival as a major event in Walworth for 2017. Not seen since the early 1980s, they will be creating four street and Park based festivals across four Saturdays this Summer along with a package of local events to promote the heritage, creativity and diversity of the Walworth area.

This is a huge opportunity for local residents (and those who work in the area) to invest something into their local community, and to find out more about the streets around them.

We want to hear your ideas for the festival but, most importantly, we need your help! This Walworth CAN (Community Action Network) meeting will be bringing to life some of the area's local history and characters though film and performances by local actors. John Whelan, who is orchestrating events, will also be on hand to provide attendees with all the information they could need.

So... want to find out more about a festival that will be taking the Walworth area by storm this summer? Have you got any ideas of the types of things you would like to see at the festival? Do you have a community event you would like to publicise or would you like to tell people about the work that your community group does? Do you want to volunteer to help on one or more of the festival days? If the answer is YES, your community and the Walworth Festival needs YOU! 

There will also be some time set aside to discuss any general issues that you might want to raise, as well as providing the opportunity for you to share any news and information that is relevant to Walworth.

If the answer is yes come and join us at Crossway Christian Centre (behind the Strata tower). 18 Hampton Street. SE1 6SN. Monday 12th June 6pm-8pm. Their will also be a community history film and some actors from People's Company animating local history as part of the event.

3. Pullens Open Studios - Summer 2017. News about this year's summer Open Studios.

Come & wander round the beautiful yards by the cafe. The cafe will be BBQing the whole weekend with a bar.

Friday 9th June 6.30 - 9.30 p.m.
Sat 10th & Sun 11th June 11 a.m - 6 p.m.

4. Unearthing Elephant - Film screening, Tate Modern 9 June 2017, Elephant & Castle 8 June. FREE EVENT. News from Peoples Bureau.

"You are warmly invited to a screening of UNEARTHING Elephant, a film about Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre, which sits at the heart of rapidly changing urban fabric of Elephant and Castle."
Created by Eva Sajovic, Rebecca Davies and Sarah Butler. Editing by Shona Hamilton. 
With support from Arts Council England.
Thursday June 8th, 7 pm
Elephant&Castle shopping centre (location tbc)
Friday June 9th
Tate Exchange
5th Floor, Blavatnik Building, Tate Modern
Doors: 6 - 8 pm
Screening: 6.30 pm



5. The Great Get Together Bankside.

On Sunday 18 June Bankside Open Spaces Trust is hosting what is likely to be the biggest street party the area has seen, with everything from bake offs to bark offs. It’s all part of ‘The Great Get Together’, a nationwide event inspired by Jo Cox and marks the first anniversary of her murder.

Full info:




6. St. Mary Newington - News of Public Exhibition of Proposals.

"St Mary Newington is working with Greenacre Capital on plans for the redevelopment of the car park at the rear of the church.  We have appointed BUJ Architects to bring forward a high quality design. Our proposals include much-needed new homes and flexible community space that can be adapted to the needs of a wide range of users.

Visit our Public Exhibition. We will be holding a public exhibition over one day:
Date    Saturday 10 June
Time    10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue  St Mary Newington
            57a Kennington Park Road
            London SE11 4JQ
We Welcome Your Views.  If you are unable to attend the exhibition, we would still like to hear from you.
You can get in touch with us by using the contact details below:
St. Mary Newington Consultation
c/o Four Communications Ltd
20 St Thomas Street. London SE1 9BF
T   020 3697 4374
E   stmaryschurch@fourcommunications.com"

Details in the flyer below:

  7. Latest News from Carnaval del Pueblo.

Walworth Society members are invited to a public preview celebrating the opening of the RIBA Beyond Borders: Architecture Open at Elephant and Castle Exhibition which will take place on Wednesday 7 June from 6pm to 9pm at the Carnaval del Pueblo Hub, East Street, SE17 2DJ
Please see link below from RIBA’s website publicising the exhibition:
PLUS ALSO COMING UP -  Please also 'save the date' for:
1. RIBA LATE - BEYOND BORDERS - A special late event will launch this year's Architecture Open - 'Beyond Borders'.  July 3 2017, 6pm-10pm at  66, Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. 
Free registration required on RIBA website.

2. Plaza Latina Festival 2017 - Sunday August 6, 2017.  Nursery Row Park, East Street, London SE17 1QZ. FREE!


8. Architectural History Tour of the Brandon Estate - Wednesday June 21st at 6.30pm.

News about a walk that is being held as part of The London Festival of Architecture: Hollamby’s Brandon Estate. Meeting outside Oval Station at 6.20pm for a 6.30pm start. Owen Hopkins leads a tour of Ted Hollamby’s Brandon Estate. Full details:


20th Century Society Members £12, Non-members £15.





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