We know that many readers and event organisers use our events listings and email newsletter to tell people what is going on. Seeing as everything is suspended, we’ve removed the calendar from the website for the time being. In due course we’ll bring it back, as specific events restart. We’ll let you know when that happens.
Positive thinking from Aldersbrook.
A grey block of what appear to be single rooms stacked on top of each other turn out to be exactly that – and the good news is that they are temporary homes for homeless people.
The block has been constructed on land near Charlie Brown Roundabout. Redbridge Council has put them there as one of its measures to address homelessness, and according to the latest issue of Redbridge Life, people have started moving into the block.
The site is over the road from a new development of social housing, also by Redbridge, which is being built in front of existing blocks at Old Mill Court (a move which was not without controversy when planning permission was granted).
Found in Rutland Road, a gold ring with small diamonds. If it’s yours, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in contact with the finder.
Lost and Found in Wanstead is a relatively new page on Wansteadium where you can report things you’ve lost or (get this) found. You can find it by following the link at the top of the page.
At the time of writing, Redbridge has just one confirmed case of coronavirus. There are only a handful of boroughs in England where that is true. But we thought we should nevertheless kick-off a round-up of things that are going on, for the diversion and delectation of people spending more time at home than they might have expected.
A couple of hedgehogs – perhaps venturing out of hibernation by the milder weather – spotted in a garden on Ashbourne Avenue, giving an air of Groundhog Day.
In nearby Roding Valley Park, spring has definitely sprung.
Spring cleaning of some High Street signs (we’re sign obsessives, in case you didn’t know) reveal the ghost of a former shop – Nicky’s News – a relic of an era when there was more than one newsagent on the High Street. Memories of this shop, anyone who was around in those days? Via Comments below, please.
Peter Hucker, proprietor of the Nightingale Lane second hand shop most likely to have a carved wooden bookend in the shape of a woodpecker, displays some of the waspish humour that made him famous.
And finally we just don’t know what to make of these, outside Wanstead House.
Wanstead’s new wheelie bins have been delivered to those houses which have been selected to take part in the Redbridge-wide trial service, heralding an end to years of black bag collections, but also raising fears of moves towards fortnightly collections.
Seven thousands homes across the borough are taking part in the scheme, collections for which begin on Monday. The council says it is hoping to reduce the cost of black bag collection – which runs at £18m a year.
The 180-litre bins will suit some houses more than others – those with drives and/or front gardens will cope with them better than those without either, and it’s not clear how the council expects these households to avoid obstructing the pavement.
It is hoped that the wheelie bins will help contribute to increasing recycling levels and also help cut businesses using domestic collection for their waste, though it is not clear what difference wheelie bins will actually make in either case.
It is true, though, that Redbridge has a big task in increasing its recycling levels – currently it recycles, reuses or composts just 24.9% of household waste, putting it at 331st place out of 345 councils in England. Bexley is the best-performing London borough, with 54.1%. (Source. )
Councillor John Howard, Redbridge cabinet member for Civic Pride, said:
“A key aim of the scheme is to keep our streets cleaner – containing rubbish in a wheelie bin will prevent animals and birds ripping open bags and making a mess in our streets, which is unpleasant for everyone and costly to clean up. Using wheelie bins for rubbish will also help keep people’s front gardens clean.
We’re testing the scheme to make sure that the bins reduce refuse tonnages and work for householders as intended, and we’re eager to hear residents’ views.”