A summary of some of our projects from 2002-2010…
Extending the conservation area
We worked with the Counties Residents Association to present a case to include the Grove Estate in the Conservation area. The Grove Estate is the heart of old Wanstead and encompasses Grove Park, The Avenue and the Counties roads. The area, including Grosvenor Road, was awarded Conservation status in March 2009.
The Corner House
Not only was this iconic Victorian house under threat, so was the Age Concern Lunch Club, who used the ground floor. We organised a petition which made it clear to Redbridge that the future of this building was of great concern. The house is now being restored, and the Lunch Club will have its favourite venue back.
We presented a detailed case against the demolition and replacement of the building with an intrusive, three-storey development. So far, we get to keep this charming stable, which used to be part of The Cuckfield pub.
Trees on The Green
Some of the trees on Christchurch Green had become damaged and diseased; we contributed funds towards new planting. Look out for the plaques which identify them.
A greener High Street
We also planted trees at the Snaresbrook end of the High Street. We lovingly watered and nurtured them and now they’re beautiful specimens, transforming what was once a barren, grey pavement.
The Cherry Tree Café garden
The Wantead Society secured funds from a local benefactor and helped other volunteers overhaul and rejuvenate the garden.
Victorian drinking fountains
The Wanstead Society pressed for funding to renovate the grade II listed fountains at both ends of the High Street.
Wanstead Police Station
The Metropolitan Police Authority decided that the Victorian red brick building was no longer suitable for requirements. We proved that their arguments had no grounds, and that the building would only need minor adaptations to continue functioning as a Police station.
It’s not all over yet… but let’s hope this building, which has parking facilities surely vital to our police, will continue to serve us.