Deptford is Anchored to its past

Time Out have done a great article on how local campaigners got the Deptford Anchor back:

https://www.timeout.com/london/news/how-people-power-got-the-deptford-anchor-back-022118

 

 

 

HEALTH & WELLBEING PUBLIC EVENT

BE INSPIRED!

AT GCDA’s HEALTH & WELLBEING PUBLIC EVENT!

 

Date: Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Time: 11.00am – 3.00pm

Location: Glass Mill Leisure Centre,

41 Loampit Vale, London SE13 7RZ

 

Come and find out how to……

BeInspired Get active!

BeInspired Start cooking from scratch!

BeInspired Coach through Training

BeInspired Find out about local community projects!

 

Free Physical Activity Taster Sessions:

Zumba, Cycling, Tai Chi, Nordic Walking and more… Sewing, Arts & Crafts, Massage

For further information:

Contact Fay on 0208 269 4886 or email fay@gcda.org.uk

 

 

SOUTH EAST LONDON COMMUNITY ENERGY – Public Event Tuesday 19th December

Fuel poverty affects over 25% of people in London*. Fuel poor households
are unable to afford to heat their homes adequately due to a combination
of three factors: household income, fuel bills and energy efficiency
measures in the home.   Learn about the causes, consequences and how to support those in need.

·       Invitation to an open, public three hour session:

on Tuesday 19th December from 2pm – 5pm

GCDA, Unit 6 Greenwich Centre Business Park, 53 Norman Rd, SE10 9QF.

You will learn:

*        What fuel poverty is, who it affects and how it affects their
health;
*        How to get the best deal for energy bills
*        What assistance is available – locally and nationally;
*        What can be done to save money and energy around the home;
*        Details of schemes which are available specifically to help
vulnerable clients.

Book here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/affordable-warmth-fuel-poverty-whats-available-to-assist-clients-dec-tickets-31512849782

Or if you want a tailored session for your work team, a stand-alone session or part of a team meeting (20-90 minutes) SELCE can come to your workplace and deliver this to your Organisation:  BUT it must be
delivered before 30th March.

People from other teams/organisations are welcome to join the sessions.

To arrange a session or to ask us for more information please contact us
at helen@selce.org.uk

Pollution in New Cross Art Exhibition 27th November – 2nd December (with – Public Meeting – Thur 30 Nov 6.30-8.30pm)

Part of This Air Is Toxic an exhibition and series of events about air pollution in New Cross open from Monday 27th Nov – Saturday 2nd Dec. Opening/Performance – Liam Geary Baulch (Artist and Activist) – Wed 29 Nov 7-9pm

The facebook event is here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1819620684744706/
310 New Cross Rd, London SE14

Public Meeting 6.30-8.30pm Thursday 30th November.

 

AIR POLLUTION IN DEPTFORD/NEW CROSS AT DANGEROUS LEVELS

South East London pollution far exceeds WHO limit, Goldsmiths Citizen Sense Research reveals that Six times WHO limit exceeded on multiple occasions

Working with residents in South East London concerned about air pollution, Citizen Sense found that citizens’ digital monitoring shows evidence of air pollution in relation to major traffic intersections, construction-related activity, and traffic on the River Thames.

– Monitoring device used by citizens across SE London
– Road traffic, construction sites, and River Thames traffic potential causes.

Goldsmiths’ ‘Citizen Sense’ research group equipped local residents with their new ‘Dustbox’ device designed to measure the volume of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) in the atmosphere in seven areas of South East London.

PM2.5 refers to tiny particles in the air that are able to travel deep into the respiratory tract and can affect lung function and worsen medical conditions such as asthma and heart disease.

The WHO daily mean concentration guideline of 25 micrograms of PM2.5 per cubic metre of air (µg/m3) was regularly exceeded across Deptford, New Cross and Lewisham, with daily mean concentrations above 150 µg/m3 being registered on multiple occasions between January and April this year.

The research has highlighted a number of likely causes of increasing pollution, with particularly high instances of PM2.5 detected at major traffic intersections, around construction sites for new housing developments, and at locations where drivers often leave engines idling.

Data from the Pepys area of Deptford also indicated the possibility that the primarily diesel-fueled traffic on the River Thames could be causing elevated levels of PM2.5.

Two Dustboxes around 200 metres from the Thames regularly registered a daily mean concentration of PM2.5 over 100 µg/m3 in February 2017.

Professor Jennifer Gabrys said: “There were a number of striking findings from this research, not least the spikes in pollution on certain days and around certain areas. The results suggest that rapid urban regeneration, ever growing volumes of vehicles, and traffic idling are becoming increasingly harmful to London’s atmosphere and its population. We were also drawn to findings that suggested pollution could be coming from River Thames traffic, which raises questions about how we manage that as a city.

“All citizens who took part in this research did so because they are concerned about the rising levels of pollution in their city, and want to use evidence to support projects to improve the urban realm. One of our other surprising findings is that green spaces, if well planted, can make a significant contribution to improving local air quality. We hope that the main takeaway from this research will be that urban design can play a big role in preventing and mitigating air pollution. Our hope is that the monitoring toolkit and data stories will provide a method and guide for others to contribute to the wider development of citizen-led environmental monitoring to support and build more liveable cities.”

They also found that pedestrian streets can make a positive contribution to preventing and mitigating air pollution.

You can read the data stories and findings at:

Data Stories: Deptford

The research was reported in the Evening Standard (14/11/17) at:
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/its-time-to-act-now-say-researchers-who-found-pollution-at-six-times-world-safety-limit-in-deptford-a3690451.html

The Dustbox was developed at Goldsmiths by the Citizen Sense research group. It includes a sensor for detecting PM2.5, a microcomputer, and WiFi connectivity so data can be uploaded and analysed in real time.

Citizen Sense carried out similar research in the US from 2014 to 2016. This application of monitoring technology in the UK has been carried out by Citizen Sense team members Professor Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Dr Lara Houston.

PLANNING CONSULTATION FOR HOUSING OPPOSITE FOLKESTONE GARDENS TOMORROW: 17th October

THANKS TO DEPTFORD FOLK FOR SENDING US THIS:

DeptfordFolk Aitch Consultation

Aitch construction have acquired the land/buildings on the north-west side of Folkestone Gardens. They plan to develop: “commercial workshop and creative industry floorspace and a range of quality new homes”. This development will directly overlook Folkestone Gardens.
Public consultation event:
Tuesday 17th October
3pm to 8pm
Vive Living, Childers Street.
 
See invitation HERE!