Water trouble looms

Residents have been receiving letters from Thames Water warning them that water pipe work is to start in two weeks’ time and go on until next March.

The work will involve much traffic management, but what has alarmed some residents is the threat to trees and hedges – some street trees may need to be removed, the letter says.

And although the work is to affect the “Herman Hill area” (as they spell it), the map they supply covers pretty much the whole of Wanstead – all the way up to Redbridge Lane West.