Couch to 5k


I hope all is well,

I’m contacting you because of a campaign to increase levels of physical activity in Southwark which I feel you might find interesting.

London Sport are leading on a Sport England funded campaign to address the impact of covid-19 on physical activity levels for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and lower socio-economic groups (LSEG). The campaign will focus on promoting the One You Couch to 5k app, using targeted Facebook and Instagram ads from the Get Active channel and through supporting partners to develop locally tailored promotion and offers. The paid advertising campaign is running adverts on Facebook and Instagram across London in areas with high % of the population from BAME audiences. The paid campaign will drive people to a Couch to 5K landing page or direct to the app store to directly download the app.

We are keen to support this campaign by working with partners to identify opportunities to use this campaign to support their efforts to increase physical activity levels for BAME/LSEG residents.

In particular where groups or organisations can use the campaign assets to promote the Couch to 5k running app to their audiences, or examples where you can set up local support for people who are starting Couch to 5k (Facebook groups, local events (as allowed by restrictions), etc.).

London Sport have created a toolkit to support local partners to activate the campaign in their area. It contains details about the campaign and audience, images and videos for partners to use and a template press release.

Download the campaign toolkit here.

If you are interested in helping promote this campaign, please use the toolkit and get in touch to see how we promote this to as many people as possible.

Have a good weekend

Luke Staples – Preston

Sport and Physical Activity Development Coordinator
Environment and Leisure
Parks and Leisure Service

Southwark Council

160 Tooley Street
London, SE1 5LX
Mobile: 07936333035; Phone: 020 7525 2687
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Follow us on Twitter @ActiveSouthwark

Survey closing today: Southwark Council wants to hear from our Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents

Southwark Stands Together

Dear resident,

We have had a good response to our Southwark Stands Together survey, but want to hear the experiences of as many Black, Asian and minority ethnic residents as possible.

Please take a few minutes to tell us about your experiences of racism, inequality and injustice, so you can help shape our plans for a fairer and more equal borough.

You can also find out why football legend Rio Ferdinand is supporting our campaign.

The survey closes at the end of today so please act now!

Thank you

Repairs Roadmap TRA Update

Dear TRA chairs,

Following on from the email below we have followed the roadmap and we will be restarting taking routine repairs from Monday 3 August.

We have changed the online form for the short term, the new form doesn’t require a username or password to raise a repair which will help us during the coming weeks in logging the number of repairs we are likely to receive.

The link is below and we are happy for TRA chairs to report repairs from today which will help us trial the system before the full rollout on Monday. From Monday the form will be linked from the repairs section of the Southwark website.

As always your feedback is welcome. Queries relating to this please send to me directly and a reminder that you can call the priority TRA call centre line on 020 7525 0596 during office hours for day to day queries.

Kind Regards,



On 9 Jul 2020, at 13:35:


Dear TRA chairs,

This has been a challenging few months for our community. As you will know one of the decisions the council had to take early on was to suspend all non-urgent repairs in response to the COVID-19 lockdown.

This suspension is still in place, but we are now planning how to resume this work, and to catch up on repairs we have not been able to do, as soon as restrictions have been sufficiently eased and it is safe to do so. While most council staff have been able to continue to their work from home, repairs operatives work out of Frensham Street depot. Like all our buildings, we need to ensure that the depot is safe for increasing numbers of staff to access welfare facilities and stores etc whilst exercising social distancing and good hygiene.

If there is an emergency repair issue residents should phone the contact centre as normal by calling 0800 952 4444 or 020 7525 2600, this services continues to be open 24 hours a day seven days a week. Any issues can be escalated to managers both in and out of hours

Whilst we work hard to make sure all repairs are completed first time, it is not always possible. Residents should be encouraged initially to escalate any issues themselves, either online using their MySouthwark account, or by calling the contact centre.

We still have the TRA priority line in place at the call centre, which you can access as TRA representatives by calling 020 7525 0596 during office hours.

Lastly, I would like to refer you to the following Roadmap for consideration and feedback that has been prepared by repairs team as an indication of the journey needed to return us to a service that resembles the pre COVID-19 position.

We are also looking at having meetings where we can discuss further our reopening and any further questions you have. We will communicate these out separately.

Repairs Roadmap:

Week one – 6 July 2020

  •  We will be starting roofing works we currently have in the system alongside communal works that are external to our blocks and buildings in the south of the borough. This will include repairs such as drainage, bollard and paving repairs and communal doors.
  •  We will be restarting urgent orders with our disrepair team.
  •  We will undertake a communal inspection of the external parts of all of our estates in the south of the borough and raise any repairs needed. We are phasing these inspections for half of the borough to ensure that our contractors can undertake the works needed as quickly as possible and we can continue to track these repairs with you as we have done previously
  •  We will inspect all playgrounds on estates to ensure that they are safe to use when we reopen them

Week two – 13 July 2020

  •  We will be restarting our leaks from above follow on works where residents are still experiencing a leak, for example resealing bathrooms, retiling or fitting shower curtains
  •  We will be restarting communal works that are external to our blocks and buildings in the north of the borough.
  •  We will restart works within residents homes that we already have logged in the system. Residents will receive a call to book an appointment with them. We anticipate that it will take a number of weeks to work through these repairs.

Week three – 20 July 2020

  •  We will restart communal repair works already logged for within our blocks and buildings in the south of the borough that have been reported directly and as part of our estate inspections
  •  We will undertake a communal inspection of the external parts of all of our estates in the north of the borough
  •  We will review works we have logged to windows and doors within residents homes to see if a phased start can be safely initiated
  •  We will restart our adaptations works to council and private properties
  •  We will restart all follow on repairs following a leak from above, including plastering and painting

Week four – 27 July 2020

  •  For this date we will restart further works which aren’t urgent as part of disrepair claims
  •  We will restart communal repair works already logged for within our blocks and buildings in the north of the borough
  •  We have worked with colleagues in customer experience to put in place a new online reporting system for repairs which makes the process easier for both the resident and the council. From this week we will be trialling a soft launch of the online reporting system without widespread publicity. We will send the link to this out to you during this week for your help in trialling this system with us

Week five – 3 August 2020

  •  We will start taking routine repairs again from this week
  •  We will undertake communal inspections to blocks and buildings across the borough and repairs will be raised as required

We need to ensure that the service isn’t overwhelmed and that we can undertake those repairs we already know about first and continue to respond to emergencies when residents need us which is why we won’t hesitate to pull back or change the plan as we move through the weeks.

Kind Regards,


Dave Hodgson

Director of Asset Management

Housing and Modernisation

Office Address:
Southwark Council
Housing and Modernisation

160 Tooley Street

2nd Floor, Hub 5

London SE1 2QH


Postal Address:

PO Box 64529

Southwark Council

2nd Floor, Hub 5

London SE1P 5LX

Help us keep Southwark safe, gyms reopen, and family fun this summer

Cllr Peter John OBE

Dear resident

Race to Health – Free Southwark Physical Activity initiative to keep families active over the summer


This week we are launching our summer Race to health challenge in partnership with Southwark Libraries as a way of keeping families active during the summer. We would really appreciate if this could be circulated to all groups and cascaded to local families.

Race to Health at home: The grizzly bear who lost his GRRRRR!

3 August – 30 August

What is Race to Health?

Race to Health is an award winning online physical activity challenge that helps children and their families to be more physically active at home as part of a team – in this case a library team. Each participant will pick a Southwark library that they will compete for to try and become part of the Southwark Race To Health Champions!

Please click here for more information and instructions on how to register, or alternatively keep reading for more details.

Please adhere to current social distancing guidelines and government advice.

How it works

The game theme is following Fred’s journey from the classic book, The grizzly bear who lost his GRRRRR! (by Rob Bidduloph). Each minute of physical activity completed by children and their families will be converted into miles and will contribute to their chosen library teams total. This helps Fred to move around a game map visiting some cool places and making new friends! The wining library will be the one with the highest total active minutes completed and will win receive £250 decathlon vouchers.

Children and their families need to log their physical activity minutes on our fun interactive web site which provides tips on how to increase your daily physical activity. Whilst on the website children will be able to track their own activity progress, and compare this to other members of the same library team. Children and families will also be able to customise their own page, collecting medals and points.

Once completed, children will be able to download their own personalised participation certificate and has a digital trophy appear in their trophy cabinet!

How can I take part?

Please email with the below information (copy and paste the table):

It may take up to 24hrs to receive your login pack

Full name of parent/carer to set up login:





Preferred email to receive game communications  
Chosen Southwark Library to represent:  


Family information Number of males Number of females
Adults (aged 18yrs+)
Youth (aged 12-17yrs)
Children (aged 0-11yrs)
Registered with a disability or other sensory impairment

R2H flier.docx v2
For any further information please email

Construction of 4 new flats at Balin House

Planning Application 20/AP/1159









Support the shopping centre traders!

Dear Friend

Just a quick email saying that tomorrow (Friday 24 July) Latin Elephant are launching a social media campaign around #MyElephantMasks, as they become compulsory.

Latin Elephant have produced 100 of their own masks and will be distributing them at the Shopping Centre, 11am, to send a positive message from a strong united community, fighting Covid and redevelopment.

All are welcome to join us!

Also, please help us and promote using Twitter hashtags; keep your eye out for these hashtags from tomorrow:



Safeguarding Priorities Consultation

Good morning, please see below information on two London Borough of Southwark consultations which are currently live.

Phase One Safeguarding Priorities Consultation:

The aim of the Southwark Safeguarding Children Partnership and Southwark Safeguarding Adults Board is to make sure that people in Southwark are kept safe from harm and abuse.

Each year we assess our priorities and take a look at whether there are new areas we need to concentrate on. This consultation is to help us understand the safeguarding priorities for Southwark. The consultations for children and adults will then be carefully considered together.

It is very important to make sure that we give the people who live and work in Southwark the opportunity to feed in, share ideas and tell us what is important to them. This will shape how we safeguard people in Southwark in the best way.

We have carefully looked at areas that have been previously focused on in Southwark, the areas that give us concern, the themes that we know about from local and national work, the areas that work well and most importantly the areas that you may want to focus on for the next 18 months.

Next steps:

We have developed two surveys, one for children and one for adults, which will take about 5 minutes of your time. We really value your contribution and look forward to listening to you and taking forward the priorities that you tell us about. We will work together to decide what we will do next and how we will know if it is making a difference. This does not mean that the other areas are not important and we will continue to focus on, learn from and improve outcomes where they are indicated.

Thank you for your time and contribution.

Judy Wills

Empowering Communities Programme Officer

North West Area (Borough & Bankside, Chaucer, London Bridge & West Bermondsey and St George’s)

Communities Division| Housing & Modernisation Department

160 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2QH

Tel: 020 7525 2767 | Mobile: 07591 989 026


Work days: Monday, Tuesday &Wednesday (am)

35% Campaign update – Aylesbury estate regeneration to have new council homes

Aylesbury estate regeneration to have new council homes

Jul 12, 2020 12:00 am

Notting Hill Genesis to receive £210m bailout from Southwark -Southwark Council has announced that the First Development Site (FDS) of the Aylesbury estate regeneration will now deliver 581 council homes, increasing the number of social rented homes on the site by 280 units. The figures come from a Cabinet report to be considered on Tuesday 14 July. These will be the first new council homes on the regeneration.

Southwark will be paying for the new council homes, which will consist of 520 general needs, 54 flexi-care and 7 specialist learning homes, while Notting Hill Genesis will build them. This is a new ‘arrangement’ ; previously the homes were to have been built and paid for by Notting Hill Genesis, under the terms of a planning permission granted to Notting Hill Housing Trust, as it then was, in 2015. Southwark will pay £193m in development cost; it will also forego a further £17.8m in lost receipts from NHG, giving a total cost of £210.8m. Two GLA grants, totalling £54.5m, would bring the cost down to £156.31.

 Extract from Tuesday’s Cabinet report approving the decision

The good news

Understandably, Southwark councillors are making the most of the gain in council housing, which is undeniably good news. Local housing campaigners, both on and off the estate can also take credit – reducing the loss of social housing has been a consistent aim and at the centre of many hard-fought battles.

There are a couple of wrinkles though – a proportion of these social rented units will be needed to rehouse leaseholders decanted from later phases. How many remains to be seen – Phase 2 and 3 has 62 leaseholders yet to be bought out and their options include the new shared equity scheme introduced in response to the Secretary of State’s CPO ruling that BAME leaseholders were being wrongly displaced from their communities 2.

Also, the report is silent on whether the new council housing means that there will be a reduction in the net loss of social rented housing in the overall regeneration, or whether it is simply social housing being brought forward from later phases in the regeneration. The outline planning permission granted to NHG, who remain responsible for delivering the rest of the regeneration’s 2,745 units, still allows for a net loss of between 778 and 1,166 social rented units 3.

The not-so-good news

Southwark Council presents the cost of building the new council and other FDS homes as being a reasonable £238.4k per unit. Southwark arrives at this figure by assuming receipt of two GLA grants, reducing development costs from £193m to £138.5m.

But only one GLA grant has been secured and leaving the unsecured grant out of the equation and including the loss of £17.8m from NHG (for the land, and contributions to infrastructure costs) gives a total cost to Southwark of £182m and a less flattering cost per unit of £313k.

Neither of the above calculations, though, take properly into account the major fact that, under the existing delivery arrangements with NHG Southwark was to pay nothing for the housing, including the 240 social rented units; this was to be met by NHG.

So, while Southwark is now to get 581 council homes, instead of 240 social rented homes, this net gain requires an outlay of £193m gross – equivalent to £690k for each of the extra 280 units 4.

NHG takes all the private housing

NHG also get to keep part of the FDS land, so-called Package C, on which to build 261 homes for themselves, most of which, 170 units, will be private homes. These units comprise all the private housing on the FDS. There will also be 57 shared ownership, and 34 social rent 5.

NHG will also continue to build the homes on Plot 18, most of which are again private – 99 private homes, 6 shared ownership and 17 social rent. (This is despite the fact that it is no longer paying £6m towards Plot 18’s community infrastructure) 6.

This is all in stark contrast to the what NHG was supposed to deliver across the whole FDS under the Development Partnership Agreement (DPA) between Southwark and NHG, signed in 2014. Under the DPA, NHG was obliged to provide at least 50% affordable housing, 75% of which social rent – now this requirement has been abandoned 7.

An explanation?

NHG therefore appear to be walking away unscathed from their FDS obligations and while Southwark are getting many welcome council homes, they are having to dig deep financially to pay for them. The Cabinet report notes a knock-on effect for future housing investment 8.

An explanation for all this lies with the Development Partnership Agreement, which gives NHG an effective ‘viability veto’ on the progress of the regeneration. A DPA clause allows NHG to decide whether or not a particular plot or phase can proceed, depending on its viability. This viability test includes a 21% ‘priority return’ of revenue to NHG and is determined by their own assessment.

NHG’s circumstances have also changed for the worse since it signed the DPA in 2014. It has been forced to ‘significantly scale back’ its development pipeline, after a Regulator of Social Housing report last August concluded NHG, with more than 400 unsold private market homes sitting on its books, “faces a range of risks and exposure to sales” .

Southwark, on the other hand, has invested heavily, both financially and politically, in delivering the Aylesbury regeneration. It has been decanting homes for nearly 10 years and now 500 or so stand empty, or are being used for temporary accommodation. The first FDS homes were supposed to have been completed this summer (a two-year delay on the original timetable), but much of the site is still rubble. Phase 2 is still not fully empty and no planning application has been submitted. Further delays can be expected for any compulsory purchase order and a demolition notice.

It is therefore not difficult to see why Southwark might have felt compelled to make concessions to NHG, by taking over the delivery and meeting the cost of nearly all the affordable housing, while leaving all the revenue-generating free-market homes to NHG.

NHG holds Southwark over a barrel – again

Southwark has been forced to make such concessions twice before. In September 2016, Southwark agreed to underwrite or advance £22.1 million to NHG, for the FDS demolition and design costs, including a payment of £16.8m for demolition, that was to have been paid by NHG. This advance funding was to be recouped by the FDS land receipt, which will now not be paid. The report agreeing this also noted that Southwark was due to spend £52.5m on the Aylesbury regeneration by 2018/19 9.

In 2018, NHG was awarded £30m of GLA grant funding for the first phase of the scheme. The Development Partnership Agreement set out that any grant funding awarded to the scheme should go to Southwark, such that it receives some kind of remuneration for the sale of its land (see para 4.1, page 111). But NHG forced Southwark to agree to a variation allowing it to pocket the entire £30m 10.

What next?

Gaining 581 council homes is a boon for everyone in Southwark who depends upon social housing. Delivering these in the FDS phase also has the advantage that existing residents from later phases have a better chance of remaining on the Aylesbury.

But rescuing the Aylesbury regeneration is costing Southwark dearly. Southwark is plugging holes left by NHG’s failure to deliver. Southwark is paying not just for council housing on its own account, but also for social rented housing that NHG should have paid for, and Southwark is doing this with money that could otherwise be spent on building more council housing elsewhere. Meantime NHG retains choice pieces of land, in the middle of the Aylesbury, to build nearly 270 private homes. No figures are given in Tuesday’s cabinet report of how much NHG stand to make from this.

This is also not the first time Southwark have come to NHG’s rescue. Southwark has also spent £101m keeping the estate habitable, while the regeneration stalls under NHG’s stewardship 11.

At least four of the DPA milestones haven’t been met:

….and Southwark has the right to terminate the DPA if Notting Hill doesn’t meet milestones:

There is also a clause that allows the Council to terminate 3 years after it was first found that a plot wasn’t viable:

It would be a serious matter for Southwark to consider such a step, but given its past performance and its present circumstances it would be no surprise if NHG do not return, asking for more concessions and for more money. If this does happen, Southwark should take stock of the situation and consider whether this is the best use of its money.