Wansteadium reader Roger Estop writes:
There was a vigorous discussion on this site last week about the possibility of Wanstead losing I&K Brownâ€™s garage. Several people have now objected to the plans, though others have questioned whether it’s a building worth saving. I believe the garage is one of those semi-precious buildings that makes a place special. This â€˜toy-townâ€™ repair garage is a delightful feature of the Christchurch â€˜villageâ€™, along with the picturesque cottage opposite, the old fire station and the old police station. What is the point of a conservation area? Remove quirky, non-conforming, slightly shabby personalities and homogenise it? Or adapt the old buildings to something new and vital? Losing the distinctive building front damages character; the proposal is as lifeless as graph paper and does precisely nothing to enhance anything. Walk from Tarzy Wood to Christchurch â€“ enjoy the variety and surprise while you can. This is Wanstead.