**Minutes of the STRA AGM 2020 are here. **

Public meeting - Wednesday, 14 April at 7:00pm

This meeting took place with around 147 people joining the Zoom call.


The purpose of the meeting was to give area residents and business owners a chance to hear from the Police, Council officers, and representatives of More London, Potters Fields Park, and the local business district about the actions they are taking in response to the events of last weekend and their plans for the reopening of licensed premises like pubs and bars. It was also an opportunity for residents and businesses to share their experiences and ask questions.


The meeting was chaired by Councillors Humaira Ali and Hamish McCallum.


The speakers were:


Southwark Council – Jackie McGeever, Manager Southwark Anti-Social Behaviour Unit

Met Police – Inspector Tom Cornish, Neighbourhood inspector at @MPSSouthwark.

Potters Fields – Sheila Benjamin, Chief Executive, Potters Fields Park Trust

More London – Magnus MacAulay, Estate Director, London Bridge City

Team London Bridge – Nadia Broccardo, Executive Director at London Bridge Business Improvement District


STRA would like to thank all the participants for their time and contribution to the discussion.


A summary of the questions that were posted during the meeting, along with answers from contributors will be compiled and distributed to all the attendees in the coming weeks.

Litter in Potters Fields Park - 1 April 2021

Street Lighting

Update 15 April


While there is currently no firm completion date, all electrical (supply cable) issues that have plagued this area for years are being addressed and this is slowing the progress.   The Council team stress that when finished the work will be completed to a high standard and will give many years of faultless performance.


Update 4 March


There is now temporary lighting in place in Shad Thames.  Please note that this lighting is very bright, with a colour rating of around 4.5-5k.  The planned permanent lighting will have a colour temperature of 3k, soft warm light.





February 2021


The Council has begun work on upgrading the whole street lighting network in the Shad Thames area.  This is a strand of the wider Streets Project that has been in the works since 2017.  (The project is on hold during the Covid pandemic).


The current lighting, which has reached the end of its life, will be upgraded or replaced with more sustainable and efficient systems which will reduce carbon emissions and save on energy and maintenance costs. The project is still scheduled to complete by the end of March 2021.  Here is the Council’s latest update. 

  • All materials ordered and in production (wall brackets have been delivered).
  • Painting has started and weather permitting will tie in with completion of the project. Sign posts and all feeder pillars added to the paint programme.
  • Specialist contractors have been assigned for the installation (chemical fixing) of wall brackets due to start last week of the month.
  • It’s been identified that some/most of the underground cables are end of life and will be replaced along with electrical feeder pillars being updated as part of this project. 

During the build temporary lighting may be installed so as to make sure the area is well lit and safe for movement. This will be used sparingly and for the shortest time possible.

Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust Design Competition

3 December 2020


The Tide Line – an evocative landscape designed by Ludwig Willis Architects with Structure Workshop and Howard Miller Landscape and Design – has been revealed as the winning concept in the LFA and Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust’s ‘Reimagining Butler’s Wharf’ competition.


Full details here:




STRA has supported BWRT in principle and through financial contributions since its inception. The announcement of the winner is a major step forward for this project. 


You can also follow BWRT on Twitter (@bwriverside) and on Instagram (@butlerswharfriverside) and visit their website: www.butlerswharfriverside.org 

Trees in Curlew Street

We get a number of queries about the trees that have been removed from Curlew Street in the last 12 months.


The Council's Arboricultural Services have, of January 2021, replaced four trees on this section of Curlew Street.



EWS1 Regulation

STRA held a meeting regarding EWS1 regulations on 12 November.  A note of the meeting is opposite.


At the Council Assembly Ordinary Meeting Wednesday 25 November 202 07.00 pm there was the following motion:


MOTION FROM COUNCILLOR HUMAIRA ALI (Seconded by Councillor Graham Neale)


End our cladding, external wall fire review formEWS1 and snagging scandal




See p23.


Following the meeting Cll Humaira Ali tweeted:


"Please note that the motion was passed amended so is slightly different to this but we wanted a bold start. Whilst somewhat watered down I’m grateful to Labour councillor colleagues for providing detail that only the administration can know to make this more practically viable."
More Information:

The Government clarified the EWS1 Regulations on 21 November.  See the press release below.


STRA Meeting re EWS1 12 Nov 2020
Notes of EWS1 Meeting.pdf
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Tower Bridge Court Construction Update

Shad Thames Community Support Group

Shad Thames Community Support Group
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St John's Churchyard Re-opens Following Upgrade Works


St John’s Churchyard has re-opened following a programme of upgrade works to the Park, carried out by Potters Fields Park Management Trust.


Full details along with images can be found here:



What to do with a noise complaint

If you are troubled by noise

nuisance, the document opposite gives some advice from our local Councillors.


In addition it always helps to log your issue with STRA - just click here for more details.

What to do with a noise complaint.pdf
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Facebook Group - 'Our Shad Thames'

Join our Facebook page, Our Shad Thames, to join in the conversation and see up to date news and comments - https://www.facebook.com/groups/shadthames/

Reporting anti-social behaviour


In order for the Police to have an accurate picture of anti-social behaviour in our local area, please use the link below for reporting anything you see:



Helicopter noise

At the STRA AGM a question was asked about what can be done about helicopter noise in the area.


Anood, our local Councillor, contacted Caroline Pidgeon at the GLA, and received the following reply.  Anood will follow up in the New Year.


You will see from the links below that this is a problem that is receiving London-wide attention.
"Caroline will indeed ask some Mayoral Questions in the New Year, however in the meantime I thought this information from her website might be useful.

Caroline also asked a couple of written Mayoral Questions back in September.   I thought they might be useful.
I also enclose a written Parliamentary Question asked by Tom Brake:
http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-09-15/46592 "
Mark Morris
Office of Caroline Pidgeon AM
Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member
City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA
Tel: 020 7983 4336
Mob: 07917214788
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