Deptford Creek not looking the best

High tide at Deptford Creek really doesn’t show it at its best.

It may be surrounded by new builds which are let or sold at very high prices – but keeping the creek clean seems an afterthought.

Here we can see the new Essential Living tower – where a 3 bed will set you back well over £2k a month in rent:

And of course New Capital Quay is alongside. Buyers didn’t expect flammable cladding on their buildings and a rubbish strewn Creek next door.

When heading to Waitrose or the river this mess really does stand out.

The purpose of being in the area was to see if anything had changed at the Haddo estate on Thornham Street. It’s long neglected yet scaffolding was evident on a tower last year and money is now proposed on an adjacent site – so had any work been carried out on the estate’s open spaces? See in a following post later.



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4 thoughts on “Deptford Creek not looking the best

  • March 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    Not sure who is responsible for the Creek – the borough boundary is along the Greenwich bank – so that means Lewisham, but there might be someone else

  • March 28, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Have seen teams of people (not Council) in the creek at low tide removing rubbish.

  • March 28, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    The stuff always gathers at that point in the creek. I have often thought it was rather a good opportunity to get a giant rake and remove a lot of it. It’s as if Mother Nature is saying, “Here’s your crap, I’ve plonked it in this cul-de-sac for you, now pick it up!”

    But as Mary says, whose responsibity is it? Does it really matter? If someone has a giant scoop thay know where it can be put to good use!

  • March 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    There’s very little public access for littering in the creek. It comes in three ways. A lot comes in through street drainage culverts, particularly in wet weather. The spring (monthly) high tides carry it in surges from the main river, and it gets trapped in the creek as the tides get weaker, and finally I’ve seen a lot of littering in the parks upstream. The creek’s catchment area extends as far as Bromley, Keston, Locksbottom, and Elmers End so I’m surprised there’s not more rubbish sometimes. I’ts a pretty effective storm drain really.


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