Sunday, 5 February 2012
Winter picnic on proposed Thames Tunnel site
A combined protest and celebration took place on the site of the proposed Deptford community garden/Thames Tunnel site today.
Campaigners from the group Don't dump on Deptford's heart gathered at midday for a winter picnic - homemade soup and mulled wine, cake and quiche - and a photocall as a reminder that the consultation period for the Thames Tunnel sites ends this Friday 10 February. If you haven't yet sent a letter of objection, now is the time to do it - or you can comment online here. Lewisham Council has also formally stated its objection to the use of this site for an access shaft for the tunnel construction.
Alongside the campaign against the Thames Tunnel shaft, the Deptford High Street Community Garden Association is planning to set up a community garden on the site, and has recently received written notification from the council that it will grant a lease on the site initially for up to three years. As soon as the details have been finalised, and the weather has improved, work on the garden can start - possibly by the end of the month!
If you want to get involved in the community garden you can join the mailing list by sending an email to email@example.com
Given that the weather was not particularly appropriate to seed planting, the campaigners settled for building a snowman and having a game or two of badminton.