New year, new venue! For the first time we met in the recently-opened Dixon Hotel and look forward to this now being our permanent base. The Dixon was converted from Tooley Street Magistrates Court and Police Station, and our impressive meeting room was originally a court. Our discussions, however, were considerably more collaborative than court proceedings and we welcomed over 30 local businesses and residents along with one of our elected ward councillors and representatives from Southwark Council.
We began with a presentation from Team London Bridge’s Art Director who spoke about the London Bridge Culture Strategy. We then moved on to updates on current developments in the Shad Thames area, including repair of St Saviours Dock footbridge; refurbishment of Tower Bridge Court (the large office building fronting Tower Bridge Road and Horselydown Lane); Courage Yard (whose freehold was recently purchased by Southwark Council); the Streets Project which is expected to move forward in the spring; on-going work at the Shad Thames Pumping Station; an initiative to reduce traffic and create healthier streets in Shad Thames; and the proposed cancellation of the RV1 bus route. The meeting then focused on STAMP’s future strategy to ensure it can be effective going forward. This discussion will continue over the coming months with a view to agreeing (at the STAMP AGM in May/June) priorities and actions to be taken over the next 3-5 years.
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