Remember last year’s Wanstead Fringe? Hundreds – if not thousands – of people attended events which included the Secret Garden, comedy, the Jumble Trail, the Wanstead Kinema, talks and demonstrations and more.
Planning is now under way for Wanstead Fringe 2019 – which will take place between 7 and 14 September. We would find it very useful for anyone who attended any events to take this short survey – just eight questions.
Our lengthy two-month silence has been the result of an uncharacteristic period of reflection and a temporary vow of silence. Matters under contemplation were: the effect on society of social media; the future of democracy and community; civility; hedgehogs.
Apologies for our impromptu sabbatical, and especially for people who contacted us with tips for news items – we’ll be picking up on some of them now. (You can always contact us at email@example.com) And thank you to those of you who asked about our health.
Some of the collateral damage from the strong winds over the past couple of days – with worse apparently to come on Tuesday and Wednesday – including at least two trees and the same door twice on Gail’s.
Redbridge is to trial the introduction of wheelie bins, potentially putting an end to piles of black bags and even possibly increasing the borough’s recycling rate.
The council says switching to wheelie bins could save £18m per year, and could help it get its recycling rate above 30%. It also believes wheelie bins help cut fly-tipping.
Another possibility being floated is that the borough could introduce a waste food caddy scheme, similar to those operated in other parts of London.
In a separate development, Redbridge has also announced that it is bringing its waste collection in-house, ending the contract it holds with Amey. A new council-owned company will manage and operate collections – all current staff will be retained and transferred to the new company.
A spokesperson for the council said: “Ending the contract and bringing the bin collection service in-house will mean the council finally has complete control over waste collections, rather than relying on a private contractor. This also gives the council more freedom to redesign and improve services to better serve residents.”
Good luck to Wanstead High Street’s new women’s clothes shop, Le Voyage, which has carefully refitted the site formerly occupied by vintage shop Revive. A good thing for high street diversity – and another shop to add to the list (identified when La Bakerie rebranded) of French-inspired names. Others on the list include Beauté Parfaite, Click Beautique, Provender, Café Brasserie, Jo Jo Maman Bébé, et Le Marmiton. Tres chic.