New names

La grande dame of Wanstead coffee shops, Nice Croissant, is taking another step in its rebranding – it is now known as La Bakerie.

And nearby, the restaurant formerly known as Roast has revealed its new incarnation: far from becoming a vape shop (as was mooted), it is going to be a mediterranean restaurant called Filika. It may be a good omen that “filika” is Turkish for lifeboat (though reader Adam Martinez says the word means “friendly” in Greek). Good luck to them on the re-opening, good work for the redecoration and, lastly, welcome to yet another non-internally lit shopsign.

Previous regenerations, via Google Streetview


It’s a good day to park

All over Wanstead, single and double yellow lines are being removed and being turned to yellow powder. It’s a great day to park!

(The fact that they’re swiftly being replaced with new, bright, double yellows is a mere inconvenience which Wansteadium, for one, will not permit to spoil the day.)

*Disclaimer. Wansteadium can accept no responsibility for anyone who chooses to park on the site of a former single or double yellow line.

Glass blower

While our anti-plastic straw campaign, The Last Straw for Wanstead, continues, there is definitely a mood around to reduce wasted plastic even more.

One trend spotted by the Guardian is a sudden growth in the number of households ordering their milk from a milkman. Maybe it’s the glass bottles, the electric engines, or the charming tradition. But whatever the reason, Parker Dairies – which serves Wanstead with at least two rounds, the celebrated Steve and his oppo, Dave (pictured) – is reporting literally hundreds of new customers since the New Year.

If you want to join the new customers, you can contact Parker Dairies on Twitter or via their website

P&D-day looms

A massive programme of pole and machine installation is going on around Wanstead as the council brings in its double whammy of pay-and-display on the High Street and residents parking restrictions elsewhere.

Machines have now been installed, and the poles for signs are gradually being installed. Meanwhile residents who will be affected are desperately applying for £45 parking permits before the new rules begin on 19 February (ie a week on Monday).

The council’s parking registration site warns permits may take 10 days to be received by residents following an online application.

Businesses have to apply for permits too, at £300, but details are still sketchy about where those parking spots will be (or if there will be enough spaces to meet demand).

Imran Asfhar, who runs the Tool Box on Wanstead High Street, told Wansteadium:  “I have contacted the council by email on a few occasions but still haven’t had a response. There is still no clarity on where the business permit bays will be. Also the quantity of bays being made available. From what I gather there is no limit on the amount of permits a business can purchase.”

Letter sent to residents and business last week
North and south pole