Walworth Society News w/c 2nd May 2022

1. Walworth Society General Meeting – Wednesday 18th May 7pm.
Our next general WS meeting will be held online on Wednesday 18th May starting at 7pm. Our outline agenda for the May meeting is: Welcome, apologies and introductions. Minutes of our March 2022 meeting and matters arising. Cinema Museum Update – Katharine Ford. Walworth Hustings – Review and next steps Jordan Creed Community Southwark. Walworth Stories – update. Planning Matters – inc. 31 Amelia St. Other current issues. AOB. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting if you can make it.

Join in on Zoom, click here or log on with, meeting ID:858 7026 1207, Passcode: 864605

The minutes of our March meeting are here.

2. Planning Objection – Student Housing 31 Amelia Street (22/AP/0850)

The planning application 22/AP/0850 for the redevelopment of the offices at 31 Amelia Street (corner of Crampton St and Amelia St – currently occupied by the Reed offices) will have a huge negative impact on the local area. It proposes to create 152 student bedrooms many of which will overlook the adjacent Pullens Gardens.  Please make your comments as soon as you can.

Below is an easy-to-use guide to how to object to this application:
a. Go to the Southwark Council Planning Portal (click here).
b. Type in the application number: 22/AP/0850.
c. Go to the box – Make a comment.
d. Enter your details – these will not appear on the published comment – and put down the grounds as to why you are objecting. We suggest some or all of the following.
Reasons for Comment (tick boxes from the list): Conflict with local plan Loss of privacy Noise nuisance Out of keeping with character of area Over development 1. There is huge need for social rent housing in Walworth and Southwark. The Elephant and Castle Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is clear that there is already a lot of student housing in this area and that no more should be built in this part of Walworth. We object that student accommodation is being developed when housing at social rent is so needed. We believe that student accommodation will not work on this site and that social housing would be a much better solution for its redevelopment.

2. The development will cause harm to the character and appearance of the Pullens Estate Conservation Area (in fact the estate is currently being assessed for possible listing by Historic England) and the Pullens Gardens which lies in the Conservation Area owing to the massing, height and poor-quality design of this development as well as the impact on the Gardens from the overbearing building and the harm from noise from the proposed communal roof terrace.

3. The planned building is much larger in area and height than the existing building and completely fills the site right up to the current fence line. The public realm is poorly designed and does not improve the environment for pedestrians on what is a key walking route from the estates of West Walworth into the Walworth Road. This goes against the policy of the Southwark Plan 2022 and the Movement Plan 2019.

4. The development does not enhance the Low Line (the walking route along the railway viaduct) which includes recent improvements locally such as Spare St and Angel Lane as is required by the Southwark Plan 2022 and is of a very poor-quality design being narrow, gated and lacking in greenery. Delivering even this meagre version of the Low Line appears to require the demolition of a significant part of the much valued Husky Studios.

3. Planning Objection – 15 Storey hotel St George’s Road (21/AP/2838)

There is a (re-)consultation that ends of 11th May for the 15 Storey Hotel on St George’s Road (21/AP/2838) at the E&C where some very minor changes have been made to the application following 160 comments from local people and groups. The Stop 21 St George’s Tower Hotel campaign have asked if WS members might continue to support objections to this development


4. Plant Swap at St Peter’s Church Garden – Sat 21st May (AM)

Just time to sow a few more seeds for the Walworth Plant Swap Saturday 21st May 11am to 1pm.

Bring your excess seedlings and plants along to St Peter’s Church Garden and swap. If you have been a bit tardy in sowing this year and have nothing to swap a very small donation for the plants you take home would be welcome!

Full details below:
5. People’s Company Plays & Monologues.

Join People’s Company on Sunday 22nd May at Southwark Playhouse for an evening of plays and monologues. The perfomance starts at 7pm and tckets can be booked by clicking here or at www.southwarkplayhouse.co.uk.

6. Centenary Of Clubland – Event Sat 21st May (PM)

On the 21st May 2022 an event will be taking place to commemorate the Centenary of Clubland and the arrival of James ‘Jimmy’ Butterworth in Walworth in 1922.  

There will be an exhibition of Clubland photographs as well as talks, film screenings and discussions. While the doors will open for viewing the exhibition at 12:30pm, the talks and films screenings will not be starting until around 14:00 so you will still have time to pop along to our Plant Swap beforehand!

This should be an interesting afternoon, celebrating this important piece of Walworth history. Admission is free but the organisers have asked that those wishing to attend either RSVP them at press@jb-clubland.co.uk or alternatively email Neil Crossfield at neilcrossfield40@hotmail.com who will pass this on. 

7. Kennington Bioscope: The Parson’s Widow

Prästänkan/The Parson’s Widow (1920), directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer and starring Hildur Carlberg, Einar Rød, Greta Almroth, Olav Aukrust, Kurt Welin, Mathilde Nielsen, Emil Helsengreen, and Lorentz Thyholt. Wednesday 25th May at 7.30 pm.
A young man is elected by a small village to be its parson. As part of his duties, he is required to marry the widow of the parson before him. This poses two problems – first, the widow is old enough to be his grandmother, and second, he is already engaged to another woman.
Called his first “real film” by historian Tom Milne, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Parson’s Widow announced the arrival of an artist. An uncompromising stickler for authenticity in settings and genuineness in performance, he spent weeks and months in libraries poring over research for his sets and costumes. He searched high and low for suitable landscapes and for types and expressive faces from outside the profession, using older actors for older parts and shunning makeup at a time when it was ubiquitous before all other cameras. His quest for authenticity became his hallmark and propelled him on a perennial search for an artistic home.
All of the show will have live piano accompaniment. Silent film with intertitles which may be suitable for the deaf and hard of hearing. Seats (£7) are limited, so please arrive early or request an invitation using the email kenbioscope@gmail.com.

For more information click here or go to cinemamuseum.org.uk.

8. Elephant & Castle Tour.

A collection of free tours over the weekend of 28/29 May with the Elephant and Castle Town Centre Team, which will highlight the history and heritage of the E&C and also the history of the top of the Walworth Road. The free tours will reflect local diversity with actors who will bring to life local characters and stories.

These tours will be led by John Whelan who will narrate some of the amazing factual history of the area. John has developed similar tours with the Tate, Burgess Park, Walworth Society, Camberwell Fair and has animated local history in projects such as Elephantastic in June 2021.

The tour will see pieces of music and archival materials to bring people on a journey through the heritage of the area. It will bring to life our local heritage over each 1.5-hour tours. For more information and to book click here or go to https://freetourselephant.eventbrite.co.uk.

9. Urban Elephant Festival

Save the date for the Urban Elephant Festival coming to Walworth on the weekend of the 29-31 July: Food! Comedy! Theatre! Dance! Art! & Much More!

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