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Southwark Labour welcomes plans for new school at Southwark Fire Station


30 March 2015
Labour councillors in Southwark have welcomed the announcement that a new secondary school will open on the Southwark Fire Station site.  

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has instructed the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) to accept a bid for the Southwark Fire Station and training centre from developer Hadston, which includes the provision of a 1,100-place secondary school as well as new housing. The Mayor has also agreed to provide extra funding to LFEPA in case the sale in subject to legal challenge from other bidders.

Southwark Labour councillors campaigned against the closure of the fire station last year, and since the closure have argued that the site should brought forward for community use, rather than solely housing development.

Leader of the Council Peter John said: “The council has been in discussion with the Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture about the possibility for a school on this site, so I welcome this announcement which confirms that plans for a 1,100 place secondary school will go ahead. I also welcome the Mayor’s commitment to provide extra funding to LFEPA to secure the sale of the site.

”It is important that this site is brought forward for community use and a new school on the site will help meet growing demand for secondary school places in the north of the borough. The next step will be for the community to be fully consulted about an appropriate provider for the new school.”

Val Shawcross, London Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark, said: "I am pleased to see that a way ahead has been found for the Fire Service to legally release the Fire station site for community use. This will undoubtedly come as huge relief for the community in Southwark and Southwark Council who have been understandably keen to make sure that this large and important site continues to serve the needs of local people."


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