Stay Safe, Stay Home
"Thank You" to the NHS on Blackhorse Bridge & Gosterwood Street
Masks For Extraordianry People
One of our DeptfordFolk committee members has organised a collective of volunteers in Deptford making face masks for fromtline workers. Over 1000 transport workers, foodbank staff and local volunteers have benefited so far. Read more about this excellent local initiative HERE. You can also volunteer or donate if you are able.
The world may have stopped but planning applications are still turning.
Former Betting Shop
222 Evelyn Street
On the eve of the national lockdown planning application (DC/20/116257) was submitted to convert the former William Hill betting shop (222 Evelyn Street) into a self-contained flat.
The three other shops on this row are, ordinarily at least, thriving businesses: Fyne Blades Barber - sorely missed by many these days. And then, on one side of the former betting shop is Mama Pho, which often has a queue out the door at lunchtime. On the other is Krishna News which serves residents both sides of Evelyn Street. Both business could easily expand into the former betting shop. Losing this space to a private residential development would be permanent.
There is a need to protect our local shops & commercial space. 10,000 homes, most of them for private sale, are coming to the Evelyn Ward. New businesses are opening further down the street. Existing and new residents need a thriving local economy. Click HERE to object to the loss of this shop space and support local businesses.
Residential Blocks up to 15 Storeys
Trundleys Road/Staunton Street
Residents in the vicinity of Folkestone Gardens have recieved a flyer from Aitch Group about their proposals for Trundleys Road opposite the park. The main change is that the tallest building will now include 300+ student residences. This has not been submitted to Lewisham Council yet. This is an opportunity to scrutinise the impact of the building on the park and local transport links. The developer proposes to remove an existing cafe and corner shop space (both closed). Let us know your thoughts email@example.com or on twitter @deptfordfolk. View the plans HERE.
St. Lukes Church
Spotted! A new design for St. Lukes Church on Evelyn Street. DeptfordFolk recently had St. Luke's Church locally listed. It is one of very few historic buildings left in the area and a local landmark. We will be keeping an eye out for any plans to demolish this old church. Take a look at proposed designs HERE!
The Lord Palmerston
You might remember our long battle to make sure any redevelopment of The Lord Palmerston retained the pub floorspace. DeptfordFolk ensured future occupants can't object to the pub on the ground floor. The building is now locally listed. All thanks to your support.
DeptfordFolk negotiated with the developer to get two street trees planted outside the pub. The developer agreed. Imagine our surprise when we had to battle with Lewisham Planning officers at the committee meeting to have these trees included as a planning condition!!! Every new development should include upgrades to benefit everyone. Street trees, benches, bins, footway repair etc. We have asked the developer to install tree guards.
This week two new street trees have been planted as promised. Small changes make a big difference. Big thanks to everyone who got involved with The Lord Palmerston campaign. The developer has been looking for a pub tenant. Let's hope we can all enjoy a drink there soon.
Lewisham's COVID-19 Transport Response: Commonplace
The Council is taking emergency action to help people maintain a two metre distance from others. They need residents to contribute ideas to make this happen. This will help keep people safe and minimise pressure on the NHS.
The council have made some proposals but want to hear from residents. You can contribute you suggestions HERE on a commonplace platform.
You can let the council know if:
Pavements are too narrow
Streets are too busy or used as rat-runs
You have ideas about how open space can be created
You are disabled and can't park safely or near your home
Your children have nowhere to play, scoot, cycle or run
You would like a street closure outside a school
You would like to walk or cycle but don't feel safe
You can suggest anything you think will help keep people safe. Distancing guidance will remain even after lockdown ends. The Evelyn ward has the worst air quality, the highest level of deprivation, the highest population density and the lowest level of car ownership in Lewisham. Let's make sure people in this area can stay safe, travel safely, maintain a 2 metre distance from others and protect the NHS.
Evelyn Community Supermarket
Pepys Community Supermarket
Need Donations & Support
The Pepys Community Supermarket has now opened at the Community Action Centre on the Pepys Estate. This follows the same model as the very successful model used by the Evelyn Community Supermarket.
Local people on low incomes can join the suprmarkets to purchase food theat would have been wasted. The schemes are supported by Fareshare. Local volunteers help run the community supermarkets with support from Lewisham Homes. Learn more about the Evelyn Supermarket: HERE.
Donations of pasta, baked beans, rice, soup, tinned vegetables, cereals, biscuits, tinned fruit and any other non perishables gratefully accepted. Both supermarkets have "JustGiving" pages if you are able to donate.
DeptfordFolk is the constituted user group representing Folkestone Gardens & Deptford Park SE8. More information can be found on the website www.deptfordfolk.org. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list. You can follow DeptfordFolk on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #deptfordfolk