Wanstead voters have 0.11 votes (kind of)

Social media guru – and Wanstead resident – Nic Newman tweets: The average UK voter has 2.33x more voting power than I do in Leyton & Wanstead – says Voter Power .. http://bit.ly/cViBKN. Time to move…

The figure is calculated by Voterpower.org to demonstrate that in safe seats like Leyton and Wanstead, it’s much harder for voters to have an effect on the result than it is in marginal constituencies. Their case is explained here.

Wanstead’s new mystery flag

The mystery of Wanstead’s random flag appearances has returned, with a St George’s Cross appearing atop a tree on the Green, Wanstead. First spotted by Wanstead tweeter @Gradiate, who posted the following picture and comment:

Photo: Gradiate
Someone has placed a St Georges cross up an ancient tree near my house – looks beautiful in the sun.

Also later reported by the Wanstead Guardian, here, which adds the back story of the spate of mystery flags on Wanstead golf course last year.

Wanstead’s Nightingale Green replanted – before and after pictures

The Wanstead Society’s appeal for volunteers to help replant Nightingale Green seems to have been a success – more than 40 people attended on Saturday. Below is evidence of their work.

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After
And more After

Room service arrives in Wanstead

The Wanstead Village Directory April edition is out with the shock news that Belgique – the fancy cafe on Cambridge Park – is now offering breakfast delivered to your door on Saturdays or Sundays.

Prices aren’t too bad either. There’s a minimum spend of £7.50, and you can order either a la carte, or from set menus, which range from £9.95 to £99. The latter includes the Sunday Times and a dozen red roses. It’s not clear from the website (or the small print) how much the charge for delivery is, but apart from that, the only downside is that it’s only available until 11am.

Wanstead Society to replant Nightingale Green

The Wanstead Society is inviting people to join it in replanting Nightingale Green on Saturday.


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It says the green is “looking rather shabby and unloved”, so is inviting people to turn up outside the Nightingale Pub at 11am on Saturday to join in planting news plants and shrubs in the “currently rather bare” beds.

BBC London’s cab visited Wanstead

BBC London has an election cab, and on its first day it visited Wanstead. The team behind it tweeted:

@BBCLondonCab: talking to locals on Gordon (geddit?) Road in Wanstead – feeling here is politicians are all the same…

Meanwhile, according to a Wanstead Guardian article by the inestimable Claire Hack, the polls could be for an upset. According to a straw poll of people in Wanstead, the election will be as follows:

Labour: 0 votes
BNP: 1 vote
UKIP: 1 vote
Conservative: Possibly 1 vote
Liberal Democrat: Possibly 1 vote
Undecided: 1
Abstain: 1

This would obviously be a disaster for Labour, representing a decline from a 48.5% share of the vote in 2005, but of course that was when the constituency had slightly different boundaries, so perhaps that’s what has made the difference.