For those who have not noticed, the St Mary Magdalen churchyard (which is the council's responsibility) has had a decent spring tidy up. This is the first for some years, and it really looks much better. Moreover, they have corrected their new signs which spelled "Magdalen" with an extra "e" on the end (which might be the conventional spelling but is not the customary name of St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey).
I am often annoyed by the Council's approach which seems to ignore the needs and desires of the residents, and I never thought that I would write a post with the above title, but I want to salute something they have done right.
I think the work the council does on many of the local small parks and public spaces is admirable. There's a modesty about the planting, increasingly combined with understated quality and sophistication in the benches, lighting, litter bins and so on, which suggests quality thinking behind the decision-making. The same goes for the recent upgrading in Snowsfields and the planned work in Rothsay St. I'm also enjoying St. Mary Magdalen churchyard, so I second Possel's salute.
I must say I jumped when I saw the title of this thread. Glad there are some positive vibes from someone. Personally I'm gutted that the wonderful green space full of trees between the railway line and Albert Barnes House is now covered in a huge multi-storey building. So let's not get too thrilled here...
Re Rothsay St, sorry, didn't intend to take credit from Jam Factory Max. Still, impressive that the council responded positively to a local resident's input. Take your point about awaiting finalisation too, dgeorgea :)
aoibhneas ref Snowsfields - if you mean the pavement widening, loading bay, street furniture etc I think you will find that was actually planned, funded etc via Team London Bridge which is local business financed from a business rates levy.
Not trying to take everything away from the Council as think they do some good stuff.
Shane Clarke from Team London Bridge. Very happy to hear that people like the Snowsfields redevelopment. Although the business improvement district did finance and deliver as mentioned I should point out that Southwark Council played a very considerable and very helpful partnership role - as they did with the recent LED tree lighting system on Tooley Street.