When developers were given permission to renovate the old Cuckfield Garage in Wellington Road, Wanstead, there was concern in some quarters that the building itself might not make it through the process.
So it’s something of a relief to see the quality of the new roof on the garage – it looks (to an untrained eye) to be a quality job and not the sort of thing you would want to knock down once you had put it up. The renovations of the brickwork also look attractive.
The poster on the outside says: “We’ll be opening some time in January.” The activity inside, with checkouts being tested and shelves being stocked says it’s going to be any day now. So what’s going on?
Could it possibly be that Tesco is wanting to avoid the promised demonstration at its opening from its Wanstead opponents? And thinks that if it should just happen that it opens at 7am on Monday morning, as if it was nothing special, then somehow the heat will be taken out of the whole thing?
BT has announced that Wanstead is among the telephone exchanges getting upgraded fibre optic cables, which apparently opens the way to faster broadband speeds – up to 40MB, according to Broadband Genie, which reports it here. Some lucky customers might even be in line for 100MB speeds, though surely no one in Wanstead would really know what to do with that? Far too grown up, surely?