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Hedgehog alert

After a summer with barely a single reported sighting of hedgehogs in Wanstead, this tweet is welcome news indeed.

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1,000 and counting

1000Wansteadium is delighted to announce it now has more than 1,000 e-mail subscribers – people who receive a daily newsletter from us whenever we publish new items on this blog. For us this feels like a bit of a milestone, and we’re grateful for everyone who has signed up and continues to read the site.

Actually, there are at the time of writing 1,056 subscribers.

Expect further improvements to the newsletter in the coming weeks, including a digest of forthcoming events from the Wanstead Social Calendar (as so ably managed by her excellency Stephanie Pettigrew, Wanstead’s social secretary), and new items from Wanstead Talk.

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High-density explanations welcome

Redbridge councillors have discussed a proposal which would allow the density of housing in Wanstead, Woodford to quadruple between 2015 and 2030. The local development framework, which sets the priorities and goals for planning and building, is currently being formulated and one of the options considers, according to the Wanstead Guardian “large-scale developments in traditionally suburban “major corridors” in Woodford Green, South Woodford and Wanstead”.

Now Wansteadium has a passing interest in the activities of local councils, but doesn’t pretend to understand what all this really means. It is though a fair bet that many of the people who read this site (whether residents, experts or indeed councillors) do know what, if anything, this means. They are welcome to elucidate matters using the form below.