Hello. We’re Deptford High Street. This site is formed around a loose collection of Deptford residents and businesses working together. We’ve not got a specific aim in mind, or a grand plan; we just want to bring people together, and to be resource for news, information and comment about what’s going on in and around Deptford.
We’re not part of the council, part of the government, a charity or even any sort of a formal organisation. We’re just a bunch of like-minded people who think that, actually, Deptford has quite a unique place in modern London. It is a place that has a distinct character, and is still very much formed around its high street – a high street which is increasingly vibrant, and leading the regeneration of the area.
And there’s the thing. A lot of people are saying that Deptford is the “new East London”. Estate agents will tell you that the area is “up and coming”. All too often this is a shorthand for over-priced gentrification, where you can buy a soy latte, but not a bacon butty. While it’s great that there’s more attention being turned to Deptford, we don’t want the area to end up another soullessly over-gentrified area, where residents are priced out, and rents sky-rocket until authentic local businesses can’t thrive or even survive.
Over the coming months we are going to start work to build links with the wider community, to communicate news and events for the area. We’ll be connecting with residents, business owners, community leaders and community resources, and reaching out to bloggers, journalists, news organisations, event organisers, artists, creatives and anyone else who has something interesting or important to say. Just get in touch – we’re always on the look-out for guest bloggers, or one-off contributions.
We’re still getting things going, so bear with us. Feedback is always appreciated if you find something which isn’t working so well. email@example.com