Monday, 22 March 2010

Deptford extra

The latest issue of The Gate Post - the community newsletter produced by the New Cross Gate Trust - includes a pull-out section 'Deptford Xtra' in the middle with some interesting information about Deptford. Strange to receive this kind of information via the newsletter from another part of the borough, but hey ho....

1. Apparently the building work on the station is due to start in May this year and complete in 'summer' 2011 (the sound of bets being hedged there). The cost of £6.8 million is coming from Lewisham Council, Network Rail, and the Thames Gateway.

Here's a new image I hadn't seen before, and which I find rather confusing if the truth be told.
My last note about this suggested that the contract was going to be awarded at the mayor and cabinet contracts committee on 3 March but I can't find any announcement of this. Either they are still negotiating details, or they have delayed it further, shock horror.

2. In addition to the revamp of Margaret McMillan Park, improvement work to Fordham Park has started (hmm, I will have to nip over there and see) and the underpass which links the two will be improved, as well as pavement, signage and lighting improvements to Clifton Rise, Amersham Vale, Pagnell Street and Watson Street. All part of stage 1 of Lewisham Links.

3. As well as the well-overdue landscaping of Giffin Square which forms part of the new Tidemill School plans, the southern end of the High Street is in line for improvements - plans due to be revealed in the summer. Let's wave goodbye to the shoddy block paving and wonky bollards once and for all! I'm slightly suspicious that this improvement work isn't being extended along Douglas Way, it suggests to me that the council has other plans for this part of the town centre. Otherwise it would make total sense to do it all together.
Work on the High Street is expected to start in 2011.

4. There's a tiny bit about landscaping of public spaces around the Pepys estate with a picture of the underwhelming and potentially maintenance-heavy 'sculpture' that they intend to erect.


5. Finally an article about the various major planning applications in the area - Convoys and the Wharves I've written about, Marine Wharf is still to come once I've properly investigated and dissected.

If you don't get it through your door, you can usually download this publication from the New Cross Gate website but it's not up there just yet.

6 comments:

shipwright's palace said...

I recall the budget for the south end of the high street id £1m to include, well we shall see, consultants' fees, VAT, what will actually be spent on material improvements? you may be seeing wonky bollardsfor a while yet!

Gareth Gardner said...

I can see that public sculpture lasting for about five minutes... what will those translucent panels look like covered in pigeon poo?

crosswhatfields said...

The top pic of the station shows the flats that will be built on the Tidemill site and I think the ones in the foreground are the Cathedral ones at the back of the station...the station platform seems to be incredibly long though!

Ticked off! said...

I'm actually getting incredibly annoyed about the work of the New Cross Gate trust.

I'm a New Cross Gate resident and although I'm incredibly pleased about the Deptford regeneration and found all of this news promising and informative for the area, there was absolutely NOTHING in the recent New Cross Gate freepaper about the regeneration of New Cross. The two much publicised projects in the area - the brand new development on Besson Street and the proposed land regeneration of the Sainsbury's site have all but fallen away.

It's great that the council have finally put plans in place to regenerate Deptford - when the same will happen with New Cross is anyone's guess!

James said...

On the subject of New Cross I read that work was due to start a couple of weeks back on turning the gyratory back into 2 way traffic, and not before time. Has this begun yet, and does anyone have any idea about other landscape improvements planned alongside it?

Back on topic I was surprised how quickly the school and flats are due to be finished externally. I think it said around autumn this year. I hope the grey cladding in the pic for the flats behind the station is more of a relective zinc/aluminium material and not dreary grey plastic panels we see too much of. Not sure of grey/yellow as a colour combo anyway.

James said...

On the subject of New Cross I read that work was due to start a couple of weeks back on turning the gyratory back into 2 way traffic, and not before time. Has this begun yet, and does anyone have any idea about other landscape improvements planned alongside it?

Back on topic I was surprised how quickly the school and flats are due to be finished externally. I think it said around autumn this year. I hope the grey cladding in the pic for the flats behind the station is more of a relective zinc/aluminium material and not dreary grey plastic panels we see too much of. Not sure of grey/yellow as a colour combo anyway.