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Issue 10 February 2022

Launch of the MōSaF Map


You are invited to join us for the community launch of the 
MōSaF Map

... a new way of thinking about Deptford on: 
SATURDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2022 from 3 pm, 
Empathy & Risk Studio, 1 Borthwick Street, London SE8 3GH.

MōSaF London is a community group that has been campaigning for three years for a Museum of Slavery and Freedom to be established on the banks of the Thames in Deptford, London SE8.

There is no memorial to the slave trade in the UK’s capital, an astounding gap in our country’s cultural landscape. Our railway system, cotton and coal industries, the City of London and the Country House movement all owe a substantial economic debt to the trade-in enslaved people. The MōSaF Map is unique because it goes local. Against the backdrop of such national amnesia, it provides a historical snapshot of how, and exactly where on our streets, Deptford and its citizens were involved in the trade. It marks out places where the fight for abolition took place.


Local groups, schools, neighbours and friends are all invited to this event where MōSaF will present its research and vision for a museum. Artists taking part in MōSaF’s 2022 commissioning programme also will present their ideas for community engagement.

  • Come and join us in this campaign for the museum.

  • Sign up to participate in art workshops and collaborative projects.
  • Book a free walking tour with MoSaF guides on Sunday 13th February.
  • Come and get your copy of the MōSaF Map.
  • Light refreshments will be provided.

CONTACTS AND RSVP: info@mosaf.org

 

What is happening at Convoys Wharf? 
Community Consultation


What is your experience of Hutchison Property Group’s (HPG) engagement with the Deptford community?

For example, McGee, which is doing the preparation for Plot 08, have written in their October

Newsletter: Richard Mullins (Project Manager) and Marc Bryne (Head of Social Responsibilities) for McGee at Plot 08 have been in contact with Lewisham College and have arranged for students to attend a site walk in November. This will be great opportunity for students to see first-hand the works our staff and machines are undertaking on site.

There has not been a similar invitation to community members to attend a site walk or to see the archaeological remains which were being explored.

Another opportunity for a site walk was at the consultation on Plot 18, adjacent to Sayes Court Park. According the Convoys Wharf website: Plot 18 proposes high quality homes, commercial space and new public open space and landscaping linking into Sayes Court Park. The drop-in event took place on the Convoys Wharf site on Sunday 25th July and Monday 26th July.

The last attempt at community consultation was asking for suggestions for naming ideas. Did you know about this? Why is there such reluctance to engage in any meaningful ways?


Pepys Resource Centre Urgent Repairs


Urgently needed repairs and refurbishment works are taking place at Pepys Resource Centre, Foreshore SE8 3BA.

Pepys Community Forum (PCF) are now storing the large scale model of the Convoys Wharf site and its surrounding area at their office on the Second Floor, at the Deptford Mission building, 1 Creek Road, Deptford SE8 3BT. The model was made by Greenwich University students. Many small parts have come 'unstuck', so it needs a careful and knowledgeable repair to be done.

Deptford Neighbourhood Action (DNA) have moved their materials and possessions out from the Resource Centre and PCF are also storing the 3 DNA large portable display panels of the Deptford Neighbourhood Plan. Everything will be available to view by the Public later in 2022. Malcolm Cadman Chair PCF and V4D.

Learning the lessons from other London campaigns


Just before Christmas I attended the Grenfell ‘silent walk’ that started from Kensington Town Hall and walked in silence to the Grenfell tower in North Kensington. An outside meeting followed where the names of the 72 people who died in this terrible event were read out.

The Grenfell United campaign is fighting for justice and change on their doorstep, a campaign where ordinary people are challenging those in power who make decisions, who do not listen to community voices, and who ignore communities needs and aspirations.

We can all learn from their campaign for justice, truth and change. See their website.

Dr Roger Green, Vice-Chair V4D
 

Background  

Convoys Property Group has Outline Planning Consent to build up to 3,500 housing units on Convoys Wharf, granted in 2015. This is for a maximum 85% private and at least 15% affordable.

To date, 3 plots, Plot 08 (100% for private sale), Plot 15 (10% affordable) and Plot 22 (the jetty) have been granted detailed consent, subject to certain conditions. These include landscaping with children’s play and no poor doors.

  • To date, no construction work has taken place;
  • Plans are not suitable for such a historic site;
  • There is too much of the wrong kind of housing;
  • They do not take into account the climate emergency;
  • There is little opportunity for employment.

Voice4Deptford is putting forward a new plan which shows Convoys Wharf as a Centre for Innovation, Education and Research.
 

Be involved

Tell us your thoughts and ideas about Convoys Wharf as a Centre for Innovation Education and Research.
Join our meetings. The V4D planning group meet regularly. You are welcome to join us.
Volunteer to help. Do you have a skill or experience that can contribute to our campaign.
Or visit www.voice4deptford.org for the full story.

  • Contact Voice 4 Deptford
  • Email: deptfordvoice@gmail.com
  • Phone: 020 8691 3146
  • Post: c/o Pepys Community Forum, 1 Creek Rd, London, SE8 3BT
That's all for now.
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