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?
The plan to introduce fees for some of Wanstead’s previously free car parks was never going to be popular. But now the council has announced how much the charges are going to be.
It’s going to cose 10p for the first hour and Â£3 for three hours and over.
Imagine how quaint it’s going to feel, paying 10p for an hour’s parking. Maybe there’s some really clever marketing going on here, finally confirming Wanstead’s image as a village which the 1980s somehow forgot. “Wanstead – where the parking costs 10p” – you can almost see the adverts already.
Someone alert Horsfall and Wright to stock up on space hoppers – we can make a party of it.
Last month the Wanstead Guardian reported that the anti-Tesco campaigner Ashley Gunstock had been spotted shopping in the Tesco at Green Man. It was a bit of a political jibe, really, coming from a political opponent, and there can be very few people who never ever go into a Tesco. But Wansteadium did take some amusement from Mr Gunstock’s remark that if he did go to Tesco, he tried “to get there by bicycle”.
Now he’s hit back, in a way, on his blog, where he says that he is declining Tesco’s “kind offer” to shop in its new store (when it eventually gets round to opening), that his campaign will continue, and adds this interesting observation:
I have always made it absolutely clear that I believe that the supermarket and, incidentally, the car (that I also make use of) which have been in existence since the 19th century are part of the fabric of (and have a place in) our society.
It’s interesting both because one doesn’t hear this point of view very often – that driving to the supermarket is something we’ve done for generations – and also because it can’t strictly be true. The first motor cars were sold in the 1880s, but weren’t anywhere near mass produced or affordable until the 1920s. And if by supermarkets one means large self-service shops which sell a range of groceries, you almost certainly had to wait again until the 1920s.
But nitpicking aside, his main point is that “there is no need for yet another supermarket in a thriving high street, such as the one that we are fortunate to have in Wanstead”. That might be true – but as has been observed here before, wouldn’t it be worse if Tesco was closing a shop on Wanstead High Street?
The new Tesco frontage on Wanstead High Street is the latest star of a Flickr group dedicated to Tesco frontages. Yes, you read that right. Proof is here. http://www.flickr.com/groups/tescos/
An odd hobby, perhaps, but who’s to knock it? And good to see, from the description of the group, that even they have standards:
This group is for all photographs of Tesco shops. It must be directly of the front of the shop not of any products, labels, sign close ups or anything other than the front of a Tesco shop. It can be of an Extra, regular superstore (Tesco), Metro, Express, Homeplus or One Stop shops. Please do not post photographs of Fresh & Easy shops.
Quite. That would be crass.
…in Tesco! Story at the Wanstead Guardian.
Though he does add:
“If I do use Tesco, I always try and get there by bicycle.”