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Mayor of Southwark opens new-look gardens in Nelson Square

Mayor of Southwark Cllr Kath Whittam joined local residents on Friday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of the relandscaping of Nelson Square Gardens.

Mayor of Southwark opens new-look gardens in Nelson Square
Cllr Kath Whittam with councillors and local residents
Mayor of Southwark opens new-look gardens in Nelson Square

The Mayor was joined by Cllr Ian Wingfield, Southwark's Labour cabinet member for public realm, as well as the three Lib Dem councillors for Cathedrals ward Maria Linforth-Hall, Adele Morris and David Noakes.

The ribbon-cutting was part of an afternoon of activities which included boxing and basketball, as well as stalls from local organisations.

The new design for the gardens has been more than three years in the making and has at times proved controversial.

In 2013 Southwark's planning committee agreed to allocate nearly 400,000 of section 106 contributions from nearby developments to the revamp of Nelson Square.

Further funding for the works included 190,000 from the One Blackfriars development as a contribution to local sports facilities.

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