Saturday, March 17, 2012

Convoys Wharf Consultation Day - Saturday 24 March

Last week, Convoys Wharf site owners Hutchison Whampoa announced a Community Consultation event to take place on 24th March. Initially the details were vague – the poster mentioned presentations and asked people to RSVP but gave the feel of a 'drop-in' day. With such short notice and poor publicity, one might be forgiven for thinking they were not very serious about consulting the community on the future of this historic and important site.

However, an agenda for the day has now been announced that makes it imperative for locals and those concerned for Deptford's future to attend if they can, and to arrive in time for a two-hour presentation session that will include some of the community projects who have been working to influence the outcome for this site.

Visitors will also hear from Sir Terry Farrell, who has recently been appointed by the developers to 'review' the previously submitted masterplan which has raised objections from all quarters, including Lewisham planning. Deptford's MP, Dame Joan Ruddock, whose advocacy brought about the inclusion of local groups in the event, will also speak.

There will be two opportunities to tour the site (wear appropriate clothing and footwear): the first is at 11.15am before the presentations start, the second is at 2.15pm after the presentations.

The presentations start at 12.15 and will be followed by question and answer opportunities. Refreshments will be provided during the two-hour period. If you are unable to make it in time for the first site tour at 11am, but want to take a full part in these sessions, please arrive promptly at noon.

Here's the timetable:

11.00 Exhibition opens
11.15 – 12.15 Site and archaeological tour
12.15 – 14.15 Welcome from Hutchison Whampoa, followed by speeches and presentations, including Joan Ruddock MP, Sir Terry Farrell and colleagues, and local community groups (Second Wave Youth Arts, Deptford Is..., The Lenox Project, Sayes Court Gardens).
14.15 – 15.15 Site and archaeological tour
16.00 Exhibition closes

For further information and to confirm attendance please call 0845 460 6011 or email

See also Deptford Is..., Deptford Dame, Deptford Misc, Convoys Wharf

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