Anchor's away in Deptford High Street makeover


Lewisham Council reports that work to redevelop Deptford High Street will start early next year, resulting in the relocation of the anchor at the junction with New Cross Road / Deptford Broadway. They write:

Lewisham Council’s refurbishment of the southern end of Deptford High Street, from Giffin Street down to Deptford Broadway, is due to get underway in spring 2013.

The work will take place in phases, so the High Street as a whole will remain open throughout the nine month construction period.

The planned changes are designed to better equip the street to accommodate traffic four days a week and a vibrant street market three days a week.

They include:

- the laying of a smart new single-level surface which will help to sort out current issues such as drainage
- new lighting
- traffic restricted to one-way (towards Deptford Broadway)
- improved parking arrangements
- the creation of a new public space alongside Deptford Broadway which could host events or special markets in order to attract more people to this end of the street. This will require the removal of the anchor, which was gifted to Deptford by Chatham Historic Dockyard in 1990; however, the Council is looking to re-locate the anchor elsewhere in Deptford.

Come and view the finalised plans and speak to the project team at Deptford Lounge from 4pm-7.30pm on Wednesday 17 October.

14 comments:

terrencetrentderby said...

Have the winos been consulted?

discoaddict said...

why are they providing more parking, isn't the massive car park next to the library enough? Down with the evil car! But seriously wish they'd concentrate on making it more people friendly, to be fair sounds like they are but I'd like to see it go almost 100% pedestrian and be deliveries only.

Anonymous said...

"People" drive cars too you know

Anonymous said...

Will it be completed or just suspended half way into the renovation because of the Olympics like the Cross? (Rio is sooner than you think)

Anonymous said...

New drainage - good, there are places where it smells. Improved parking will no doubt be about raising monies nothing else. One way systems I'm not convinced are better; they often add to more congestion on other roads. What about removing poverty shops like Cash Generators - that place is sooo depressing and is there not space on Douglas way for performances.

Anonymous said...

The rendering looks good, but the whole high street should be pedestrianised. That would be the one change that would really improve the place.

kolp said...

This is just another piece of the jigsaw that will be making up the picture of the new Deptford.

The refitted station, the new flats ,ill add to the money spent on Wavelengths, the theatre space and so much more, the schools for instance.

When Bill Gates came to Lewisham, he went to Deptford Green. I reckon this is the area to watch.

One thing I do hope is that the market doesn't it's character and become a place where you can't get a bargain.

But exciting times for Deptford.

Ben said...

This is very welcome indeed - the High Street really needs a refit. But one of the major issues is anti-social behaviour and the intended new seating outside what was Peacocks will only add to the problem. Unfortunately the drunks who congregate at the anchor will simply treat this as their new drinking den.

There are big issues surrounding problem drinking in Lewisham that cannot be addressed by redesigning the High Street. But the council must not let its injection of investment be spoiled by continuing bad behaviour which puts off shoppers and is the bane of residents. This is a real chance for Deptford to shine so let's get it right. Yes to the High Street redevelopment, no to new seating!

Anonymous said...

Why do they want to get rid of the anchor? It's madness, homogenisation running riot.

Anonymous said...

Its going because it a known meeting place for druggies & piss heads!

Anonymous said...

If the anchor goes, the drunks stay anyway. They don't care about the anchor. The proposal is to provide a low wall, plants and trees. The drinkers will still be there. The police could do something if they wished.

Anonymous said...

Yes granted but it might be enough to shift them for good? My Missus & kids have to walk past them regularly, it gives me the horrors to be honest!

Anonymous said...

traffic should be allowed just for residents and businesses and the removal of the Anchor is ridiculous, the people that sit there have the same right that everyone to spend their time how they wish, obviously they will just go somewhere else , the anchor is a well known landmark that everyone likes, the government is selling our streets to the corporations and they only care about their friends making money

Anonymous said...

What about virgin cable? speed bumps for crazy drivers? or better pedestrinise the high street in its entirety? we could have the whole of the street wi-fi which actually would create business. And the drunkards will stay as long as the police let them to, with them come drugs prostitutes and fights...

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