Letter to Wansteadium: Anyone remember Wanstead Prep?

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Wansteadium reader Kerry Renshaw writes:

Hi Wansteadium,
I’d be delighted to know if any of your readers remember the old Wanstead Prep School, which stood on Hermon Hill, near the junction with Nelson Road. The back entrance of the school was on Wellington Rd. It closed in 1954, and I then moved on to Snaresbrook College not far from the old Majestic Cinema. At age 11 I moved on to Wanstead High School, in 1957. Both my brother and I attended Wanstead Prep and if any reader knows or remembers anything about the school I would be delighted to hear! (PS I now live in Reading but like to keep in touch with dear old Wanstead).
Kerry Renshaw

Over to you.

Dangerous showmanship caught on camera

A car which sped onto a residential road did three perilous 360s on Friday evening, witnessed by a number of residents who were going to their homes.

The antics were caught by a video doorbell camera at a house on the road on the Nightingale Estate by a Wansteadium reader who would rather remain anonymous. After doing two 360s, the car raced further down the road and did a third, before returning to Herman Hill. At least three residents were out on the road at the time, two of them driving, and saw the event.

Redbridge wins injunction against encampments

Redbridge council has won a three-year injunction against illegal camps being set up at 240 sites across the borough, including parks, open spaces and school grounds.

It comes after an interim injunction was awarded in the summer, which followed a number of camps being set up at sites including the Evergreen Field on Wanstead High Street, beside the River Roding near Wanstead Youth Centre and at Wanstead Rugby Club.

The council estimates that clearing up after 52 camps in a two-year period cost council-taxpayers £350,000. Since the interim injunction was awarded, the number of attempts at setting up camp has plunged, the council says.

Council leader Jas Athwal said: “I’m pleased with today’s ruling, which delivers on my pledge to secure a borough-wide ban on illegal encampments.  It is no easy task to be granted an injunction and it’s a testament to the hard work and meticulous planning of everyone involved at the council that we could put forward such a strong case.

“The interim injunction has proved a huge success and is stopping incursions.  Before that ruling, unlawful encampments were causing huge disruption and costing the council hundreds of thousands of pounds in clean-up and legal costs.  At a time of significant government reductions in funding, this is money that can be spent on the services that matter most to our residents.”

The court filings for the hearing reveal some of the dealings over illegal camps in the past, including an incident in which Redbridge Enforcement Officers blocked an entrance to Wanstead Rugby Club with their Land Rover to get in the way of someone they believed was about to fly-tip on the Roding Valley Park Trail.

Another statement reveals the extent to which the owner of the Evergreen Field went to persuade people camping on it to leave.


Littering penalties

Penalties for anyone spotted dropping litter in Redbridge – even as little as a cigarette butt – have been doubled to a £150 on-the-spot fine in a crackdown approved by councillors.

The penalties for what Redbridge calls “grime crime” also apply to fly-tipping and graffiti. People abandoning vehicles are also being targeted.

The fines can be imposed by the Redbridge Enforcement Team, a band of officers who are equipped with body cameras and who can issue formal warnings, Fixed Penalty Notices, Penalty Charge Notices and Community Protection Notices. There is no legal right of appeal against a fixed penalty notice, but anyone given one can refuse to pay and have a full hearing at a magistrate’s court.

The stiffer penalties are part of Redbridge’s Our Streets campaign to improve cleanliness and public standards of behaviour.

The video below gives an insight into the work of the enforcement team.