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• A spectacular traffic snarl-up which stretched from the M11 to Wanstead High Street last Monday meant that legendary West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh didn’t make it to Wanstead Cricket Club in time to open new training nets as planned. But all was not lost – fellow legendary West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding was there and stood in for Walsh. (Photo: Dave Buba)

• The application to knock down the 160-year-old building which once housed Wanstead’s only ever cinema, Kinema – now Nam Pham, next to the George, has been rejected again. The plan was for a block of flats.

• A public inquiry into the proposal to develop the former Chepstow House in Leicester Road, Wanstead, has now finished. Report here from the Counties’ Residents’ Association, who oppposed the plan. Decision expected by the end of the month.

• Two council pest control officers denied charges that they deliberately poisoned animals at Alexandra Lake in March. More than 80 birds and a dog died at the lake.

• It appears that Wanstead Sauna is now no longer open for business, with a very large padlock having been put on the door.

• Wanstead driving test centre has the lowest pass rate of any centre in the country, says the Wanstead Guardian. It’s not quite true – figures from the DSA show Thornbury centre to be marginally worse – but it’s still very very low. The paper says low incomes are to blame, but that doesn’t seem to ring true somehow. Other explanations welcome.

• The bosses of the Wanstead Sauna have been jailed for a total of three-and-half years for conspiracy to control prostitution.

• A campaign against proposed parking changes on streets in central Wanstead has been launched. Details on poster below (click image for larger version).

• Wansteadium reader Jana writes:

Has it reopened? The ‘Wanstead Sauna‘ sign has recently been replaced by one that says something like ‘Men’s Grooming Centre’… Now, I might be reading too much into this.. but… hmmmm. Perhaps a male Wansteadium reader can pop along to see what’s on offer and report back!

• Internet apparently consumed by Wanstead UFO madness, which you read about here first (or possibly second).

• Chemical spill was sugar

• Photos from the Take Back Wanstead Flats event held on Sunday are on Flickr here.

• A shrewd move from Wanstead children’s clothes and shoe shop Knock Down Ginger – from the New Year it will be offering children’s haircutting too. Meanwhile, the Robins Pie and Mash shop has reopened after being attacked by arsonists.

• The Wanstead Christmas lights are being switched on this Friday evening at 4.30pm on George Green (outside Wanstead Tube). Children, a tree, the Salvation Army band, and even (according to current forecasts) the possibility of some snow.

Wansteadium welcomes our new regular property blogger, George C Parker, who writes:

What colour would Wanstead be on the Monopoly Board?

Young and old will remember squabbling over late rent or parking fines one Boxing Day or other. Speculate, accumulate, buy, sell, shuffle deviously, give Granny the wrong change when she lands on your Northumberland Avenue (Aldersbrook reference!) etc.

Since Monopoly originated in the time of the Great Depression, books have been written on the game’s best strategies, the best house rules, and the longest games ever played (70 days, according to Guinness).

Maybe your kids may one day learn that once upon a time ‘property’ was not even a dirty word! Or perhaps their kids – who knows?

Anyhow, this is Wansteadium, and as the 5,000 people who visit this site every month know, Wanstead is a charming and green suburb of East London with unbelievable access to Central London, the City and Canary Wharf, to say nothing of Stanstead, the Olympics or the oodles of green space on our doorstep.

If the venerable board were redrawn again, where would Wanstead fit in?

Looking closer at our best cards:

Housing – premier cru. Wanstead’s avenues and red brick fortifications are a bastion of respectability and desirability.

Primary schools – sought after. Major high school – probably not an academy specialising in the green cross code ..

High Street – Could go either way, though my sunny optimism makes me feel things are about to take off. Four months from the opening of Westfield, residents aspire to a rearguard action from Wanstead landowners and commerce. Nattier shop fronts are needed, and those clever 30 and 60 min parking spots like they have in Sydney (though the council’s plans aren’t popular). We could have more alluring nicknack shops proffering wares unimaginable in the homogenous bowels of the great conquering retail beast .. couldn’t we?

Christchurch Green – Ostensibly one of the crown jewels propelling Wanstead into the dark greens or at least yellows. Realistically on some mornings,  a neutral observer might assume it was some kind of recycling centre for the world’s greatest litter pile (Rats? Kids? Yogi Bear? Theories differ as to who is responsible for the mess.)

But back to the game .. as die is cast and banknotes distributed, what colour would you expect to find Wanstead in? And would you build your hotels there?

Finally what would be the Community Chest and Chance Cards? “Support local butcher/baker (currently no incumbent candlestick maker) premium £50?” Or maybe “Visit Wanstead Sauna pay £100 fine .. (for parking on double yellows outside of course).” At least we are handy for Snaresbrook County Court after landing on Jail…

You can contact George via georgecparker[at]

• How to spend 300,000 on Wanstead High Street – a question exercising the minds of administrators after it became clear that the money was to be allocated from central grants. The more hardline advocates of Wanstead improvement would say that investment money needs to be matched with strict planning rules to have the desired effect.

• ‘Fake’ charity clothing collection bags are being distributed in the area again. Wansteadium reader Graeme says he has received a bag from CSS, pictured, which last year Redbridge Trading Standards warned was not the registered charity it claims to be.

• The mystery over the successor to former brothel, Wanstead Sauna, continues. The new outfit in the premises bills itself a “male grooming centre”, and one Wansteadium reader told us last month that he had received a perfectly respectable sports massage there. Now reader Jack writes: “A male grooming centre that’s open at 02:30 AM on Monday 3rd January 2011??!!” Curiouser and curiouser.