Saturday 29 September 2007 11.19am
they do plan to have offices at E and C, but further down the line. moving to london bridge is part of the drive to bring departments together, hot desking and all that jazz
They certainaly haven't publicised that's the plan! What has been said gives no indication of that. The land round Elephant & Castle is going to be high value. Indeed the sale of the land in that area is one of the main funders for the Tooley Street
move. It's much the same reason that the new build on the Elephant & Castle end of the development will be private sale or Housing Association at best. The ex-council tenants who want to stay with the council will be pushed to the southernmost end of the development. The most they'd put in at E&C is a local office for direct services and one stop shop.
My real concern is that it has been decided to house the main council offices in the most expensive area of the borough. It just seems to be a waste of public money, particularly since it's not very public transport accessible for the Southwark residents. Frankly if they put it somewhere cheaper like the Elephant, or even Peckham they could be making services better and be more accessible to the borough.