I am originally from Colombia. I have been in the borough of Southwark for nearly 20 years. I am the director of Extra Media, a company based in Manor Place. I have been involved for many years with the local communities, as I was a Community Development Support Officer at CAS where I had the opportunity to be in touch with many local organisations. As a local tenant and a member of the Latin American Community, I am fighting to make sure that community businesses are protected and are not displaced. I am also a trustee in Su Mano Amiga, aiming to help victims of Domestic Violence in Southwark and Lambeth. I am keen to support any initiatives related to women, sustainability and community development as I know women have so much to offer!
Following ongoing community pressure, the planning application to demolish Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre and London College of Communication will now not be reconsidered by councillors until after the local election on 3rd May.
Southwark Labour pushed through the previous controversial demolition of the Heygate Estate two months after winning a council election.
Latin American community newspaper editor Lina Usma said:
Historic Walworth Town Hall, and Newington Library next door which houses the Cuming Museum, suffered significant damage in a fire in 2013. In 2015 plans were drawn up for redevelopment of the buildings, but Southwark Council has now paused these plans. They were costed at around £40 million, almost twice the original budget. Evidently there was no adequate fire insurance policy despite both these Edwardian buildings being Grade 2 listed.
Labour-run Southwark Council has published a glossy website walworthtownhall.com proclaiming an “opportunity” for “investors, developers, businesses, organisations or other consortia” to express interest in “play[ing] their part in reviving this historic gem”. The council proclaims willingness to consider “ancillary and complementary commercial uses” alongside arts and culture uses retaining “some genuine public access to... parts of the site”.
Candidata por el Partido Verde (Green Party) en el area de North Walworth.