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To young kids, Joseph Elliott is a pirate named Cook. To older kids, he’s the author of epic fantasy novels with an unconventional heroine. And to Wanstead residents, he’s a neighbour as well

IMG_9847 (1)Cllr Judith Garfield MBE


To mark International Women’s Day, Wanstead resident Councillor Judith Garfield MBE talks about some of the problems she has faced as a woman in politics


Building Up

Permitted development rights in place since 1 September 2020 allow homeowners to extend upwards without planning permission. But it’s not without obstacles, says Derek Inkpin from solicitors Wiseman Lee


Current Climate

Paul Kaufman, Chair of East London Humanists, introduces their March public event on climate change and explains what the Wanstead-based group is up to in the Covid era


School’s out (for some)

Parent-led group Redbridge For Education was established to help support local parents and to address a number of issues, including digital exclusion, says Wanstead resident and co-founder Vicky Taylor

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Waste on Wheels

The wheelie bin roll-out begins in Wanstead this month. The scheme will keep our streets cleaner and encourage more recycling, says Councillor Jo Blackman, Cabinet Member for Environment and Civic Pride