A quick look at Deptford High Street on a Saturday afternoon in June.
The most visible remaining symbol of Greenwich peninsula’s industrial past is moving closer to demolition. As I understand it, the owners wish (and have permission) to demolish it for future development, Historic England have refused to list it, national government backs the developers, and Greenwich council has taken its eye off the ball by approving plans for demolition rather than upholding its own Planning Policy brief, which says “Proposals should respect and respond to the industrial character of the area as a means of relating new development to the local context. In particular, development should build on the heritage value of the gas holder to enhance the character and distinctiveness of the area”.
In my view its a hugely wasted opportunity to maintain an historic feature of the local skyline.
There’s a petition to save it from demolition here: https://www.change.org/p/royal-borough-of-greenwich-southern-gas-networks-save-the-nationally-important-east-greenwich-gas-holder-from-demolition.
A belated look at this year’s incredible blossom display in my neighbourhood (an effect of particularly cold weather followed quickly by very hot weather? I don’t know, I’m not a scientist).
Seen on a short walk to the Vanbrugh Tavern, travelling in the hope of seeing Newcastle United beat Everton and leapfrog them in the league. It wasn’t to be, but the beer was nice and the company good.
And here’s a bonus shot of the amazing double-blossom tree at Blackheath Standard by night (is there a name for the phenomenon where a tree produces two different coloured blossoms?):
The Grainger Market in Newcastle, winding down for Christmas. I hadn’t been in for 10+ years: nice to see a good mixture of old-fashioned, practical shops mixed with some newer borderline-hipster offerings; deeply depressing to see the foodbank and be reminded of where we are as a country at the end of 2017.
Two shots taken late afternoon from Greenwich Park, before the sunset really started.
Both pictures were taken on my new Fuji Xt20 which arrived on Saturday. My first impressions from the weekend’s shooting are very positive indeed: I’ve loved my XT-10 but this is quicker to focus, quicker to start up, and the files are – as you’d expect from 24mp vs 16mp – bigger and richer. I’m quite excited by the possibilities.
Here’s a bonus shot of Deptford Creek taken with it on Saturday afternoon.