SE1 residents living near the Lambeth-Southwark boundary often express frustration at the lack of coordination between the two boroughs. But that could be set to change after council leaders met to plan cooperation for the first time in more than 25 years
The leaders and deputy leaders of Lambeth and Southwark have held an historic meeting concerning cooperation. The Chief Executives of the two boroughs also attended in their capacity as heads of the paid service at the two authorities.
Council sources say that productive talks took place on a number of issues, including joint working on regeneration projects, exchanges of information on planned school places and cooperation on the creation and management of controlled parking zones (CPZs).
"Lambeth is determined to work in partnership with neighbouring boroughs," said Councillor Peter Truesdale, Lambeth Council Leader. "The dialogue will continue on a regular basis and involves staff in education, regeneration and transport."
"Following on from our recent talks with Wandsworth this is another step forward," said Councillor John Whelan, Deputy Council Leader. "We are grateful to our colleagues in Southwark for joining these discussions."