Founded in 2008, as eight16news, a FREE Local Community newspaper originally covering stories in SE8 & SE16, a preview digital edition was produced and emailed out in December that year.
Then in December 2010, there was the first printed edition of 3,000 copies, followed by one in March and another in August 2011 of up to 10,000 copies.
Then the hiatus, due to lack of funding and a rethink of our strategy and identity…
With the Publishing Editor asking the question “What is the key point of publishing this newspaper?”
Hence the new name “The Quay Point” – substituting the word “Quay” for “key” – as they are pronounced the same and “Quay” being another word for “dock” and “wharf” which ties in with the history of the area.
Also adopting the slogan “…getting the community talking”… from Tower Bridge to Maritime Greenwich – Ladywell to Old Kent Road – and everywhere nearby… in the spirit of fostering community cohesion.
Acting as a bridge between areas under three different Borough Councils but connected by a common maritime history – with the aims to strongly represent the concerns, hopes, dreams and aspirations of the local community; both young and old.
Covering an area of over 32,000 homes and 1,600 businesses, it is our aim, to be a medium for members of the communities in Bermondsey, Deptford and Rotherhithe as well as nearby areas like New Cross, Peckham, Brockley, Greenwich and even Lewisham to put forward their views on matters that concern and affect them.
Revealing the diverse influences that have shaped and continue to shape these communities – and by remaining independent from proprietorial influence and political affiliation, present these views in a fair and balanced format due to our commitment to sincere, considerate and impartial coverage.
The paper deals with matters of politics; housing and regeneration; crime and policing; education, community events, health, transport, green and recycling issues, as highlighted by members of the community, with particular emphasis on the impact of local government decisions on our readers.
We also aim to promote good citizenship in the community where – harmony, patience, neighbourliness, kindness and self-control are the guiding principles of interaction between people of diverse backgrounds that make up the community. We therefore support inclusiveness, smart economic growth and vitality: historic preservation, environmentally sound planning and development; qualitative education, open government and the arts.