Rotherhithe CAN

Rotherhithe CAN
Rotherhithe CAN

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Bermondsey and Rotherhithe share a Community Council area within Southwark. Both are areas of the borough that have seen huge amounts of change in recent years although each has very different communities.

  • Together, Bermondsey & Rotherhithe have the highest proportion of both 25-29 year olds and 30-34 year olds in the borough at 16% and 13% respectively; peaking in Rotherhithe's Surrey Docks ward at 18.9% and 18.2%;
  • Their proportion of White residents at 63% is above the borough average (of 54%);
  • The proportion of Asian/Asian British at 12% is above the borough and national average, but the proportion of Black/African/Caribbean/Black British residents at 17% is below the borough average of 27%
  • Surrey Docks ward continues to contrast with other parts of the borough:

        Surrey Docks

  • only 20.6% of people in Surrey Docks are economically inactive, compared to an average of 25% across the community council area and a borough average of 27%;
  • only 8.3% in Surrey Docks are benefits claimants, compared to a community council area average of 13%
  • only 24% in Surrey Docks are living in socially rented accommodation, whilst home ownership levels at 40% are amongst the highest in the borough.

Southwark Council has prepared profiles for each Community Council area based on the 2011 census: here is the profile for Bermondsey and Rotherhithe.

How CAN we help? If...

  • you have an idea for something you want to develop in your community;
  • you want to know more about issues, activities, groups and networks in your area; or
  • you are concerned about issues affecting your community;

then contact

Upcoming events and news for Bermondsey and Rotherhithe

The following websites have great information about upcoming events in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe:

Southwark Council's "In My Area" website pages provide access to neighbourhood newsletter, local activities, meetings and consultations, and other associated local information.

  • Canada Water Masterplan Consultation - There are big changes planned for the Canada water area. throughout February you can find out about the Canada Water Master plan and contribute your views.

Upcoming CAN Activities:

To find about your next local Rotherhithe Community Action Network Meeting visit the SouthwarkCAN website:

Engaging with the Council and other public and statutory sector bodies:

You can find a list of your local councilors here


Initial discussions with local partners and people have identified a number of issues of concern to local people and their communities, including:

  • Planning and developments, and people being aware of and engaged in discussion about their areas;
  • Affordable housing, the complexity of landlords in social and private rented sectors,  need for more social housing;
  • Traffic, congestion and effects of air pollution;
  • Lack of provision for young people, spaces that they can “hang out” in; and drugs & drug awareness;
  • People who are isolated, vulnerable, and who don’t know where to go to get help and support;
  • There is also sometimes little awareness of opportunities amongst some residents for long established communities to develop.

Local partner groups and people engaged in CAN development discussions so far:

Further web resources