To: Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham

Give Us Back Our Bloomin’ Anchor

UPDATE -
We'd like to say a big Thank You for signing our petition Give Us Back Our Bloomin’ Anchor and helping us to reach a big milestone in our campaign.

Last week the Mayor and Cabinet approved the anchor’s return to the south end of the Deptford High Street!

However, we are not happy with their intended positioning of the anchor itself. It is being placed off to the side between two trees, a rubbish bin and the way finding obelisk. It needs to be placed in the centre where it can be seen from all points so that it can resume its role as an important landmark, focal point and symbol of Deptford’s maritime heritage.

We'll all be looking forward to seeing our bloomin' anchor back where it belongs.

Please return the Deptford Anchor to the south end of Deptford High Street.

Why is this important?

For 25 years, the anchor – a gift from Chatham Dockyard – was the only visible reminder of Deptford's rich, unique and international maritime history.

High Street renovation works required the removal of both the anchor and its plinth, but a survey carried out prior to these regeneration works found that 84% of respondents wanted it to remain in Deptford.

Since the completion of the renovation works, and more than three years since its removal, the anchor has still not been reinstated and the council has not made any plans for its future.

The former setting of the anchor, on a low plinth, made it attractive to street drinkers, and their presence was one of the reasons given for its removal.

Now the drinkers gather in Giffin Square instead, next to the school and library. Removing the anchor has swept away Deptford’s history, but the social issues persist. There is an empty space where the anchor once stood as a proud reminder of the Royal Dockyard.

Our anchor can be reinstated without a plinth. The landscape architect responsible for installing the anchor in 1988 has said the plinth is not essential. There are many examples of anchors without plinths across London and the UK.

Deptford began as a small fishing village and grew prosperous from its position on the river. The anchor serves as a reminder of the skills, industry, trade and international links so significant to the town’s history. We therefore demand that the Deptford Anchor is returned – without a plinth – to its rightful place, marking the gateway to the river where the town was born.

(Petition originally fronted by Peter Collins, former Chair of the Deptford Society, in association with Deptford Is Forever)

Photo shows the anchor in 'storage' in the crumbling Olympia building at Convoys Wharf

Deptford, London

Reasons for signing

  • While not everyone agrees with the big cruise ships moored off Deptford, they do bring tourists : tourists love history, this is REAL history, hiding the anchor is depriving the area of much-needed tourist revenue and turning away possible global interest in the area's long maritime history.
  • I came from blackheath and went tidemill and then added and Stanhope school's. I looked up the history of deptford Inc the anchor. The anchor is Deptfords history and should be put back where it was first put all them years ago or deptford won't be deptford
  • A local landmark, proudly identifying Deptford's maritime past, has disappeared. Regeneration should not equal cleansing of heritage.

Updates

2017-06-26 15:41:54 +0100
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Petition is successful with 4,202 signatures

2017-06-23 16:33:02 +0100
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Petition is successful with 4,198 signatures

2017-03-28 13:25:11 +0100
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Petition is successful with 4,187 signatures

2015-11-03 15:05:54 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-11-02 16:38:54 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-11-01 07:40:29 +0000

100 signatures reached

2015-10-31 20:43:10 +0000

50 signatures reached

2015-10-31 17:21:47 +0000

25 signatures reached

2015-10-31 16:03:10 +0000

10 signatures reached