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[picappgallerysingle id=”8382660″]The massive 120m Anish Kapoor sculpture to be built at the Olympic Park is going to cause disruption to the reception of Freeview TV signal to parts of Snaresbrook and South Woodford, Wansteadium can reveal.

The disruption is not expected to be massive – but could cause “ghosting” – and it doesn’t seem there is much that can be done to correct it, other than affected residents upgrading aeriels or switching to cable or satellite TV. There is no plan at the moment to fund those upgrades – they will have to be paid for by affected households.

The expected disturbance is revealed in a planning document published by the Olympic Delivery Authority. It says:

[the proposed sculpture] is likely to have a slight adverse impact on terrestrial TV services, due to shadowing of terrestrial TV signals caused by signal shadowing to Crystal Palace and Croydon transmitters, in a number of households to the north east of the development.  The affected locations may be able to have terrestrial television services restored by using one of the following methods as appropriate: installing a higher gain antenna or re-locating the existing antenna or re-pointing the existing antenna to another transmitter where possible or, if any of these solutions are unable to restore service, by installing satellite or cable TV services;

The affected areas, as detailed in this report, TV Reception Report and Appendix A – The construction of a Sculpture for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and Legacy phases, include parts of Stratford, Leyton, Leytonstone, Snaresbrook, South Woodford, Woodford Green and Buckhurst Hill. The areas are shown below, with the red line indicating disturbance from the Crystal Palace transmitter, the blue one Croydon.Comments on the application can be submitted via this page.

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The Nightingale, one of the more popular Wanstead pubs, has this week featured in the East London Drinker blog where Alan Perryman writes:

The pub offers 4-5 ales, seemly without tie as the selection changes frequently though typically you see beer from the North Kent coast. It’s a very friendly pub with 3 different bar areas – a two saloons, with a proper snug out back. The pub is decorated with various bits of sporting memorabilia and with the world cup in full swing there’s also the extra flags.

Wanstead co-op review2: my six yr old: “daddy, why have they changed the name? It’s the same inside.” That’s it. Bored now. Fin.less than a minute ago via Twitterrific

@Wansteadium Second attempt at the Co-op. Walked in, walked out. How is that Londis seem to have what I want and Co-op doesn’t?less than a minute ago via web

Wanstead Saints FC are appealing for Wanstead businesses to sponsor them for next season. They told Wansteadium they would advertise the business on their shirts, on their website and via Twitter. They can be contacted at