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

IMG_3288-copy©Don Taylor

Swan lakes

In the fourth of a series of articles celebrating the swans that reside on the lakes of Wanstead, Tracey Adebowale-Jones has tragic news from Wanstead Flats. Photo of Snaresbrook’s visiting black

L1210473-2©Geoff Wilkinson

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

gracie-1Grace with her assistance dog Scooby

Why can’t you see me?

Wanstead teenager Grace Wolstenholme invites you to watch her YouTube channel for an insight into life with cerebral palsy. In the seventh of a series of articles, Grace confronts those

Gravatts-window-cropped-contrastGravatt’s shop window by Sally Medcalf

Deep roots

Wanstead resident Jean Medcalf has published her first poetry book at the age of 89. To Everything There is a Season is a collection of lyrical, spiritual poems about nature. In

ba-obj-14682-0001-pub-print-lgWanstead House by Richard Westall (1765–1836). Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Walks past Wanstead

Russell Kenny and Paul Hayes have devised a series of self-guided history walks around the Wanstead area, which can be followed on a phone or from a printable map. In


Adjoin the party

The Party Wall etc Act 1996 provides a framework for preventing and resolving disputes in relation to building works near neighbouring properties. Adem Esen from local solicitors Wiseman Lee explains