The controversial sign at BBQ Express in Wanstead High Street has changed

Controversial takeaway sign has been changed

Now: The new-look sign (Photo: Katie Lewis)

Then: The shop front when it was first installed last month

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sub Editor

A CONTROVERSIAL sign erected on a takeaway shop front has been changed.

The BBQ Express sign in Wanstead High Street was labelled garish by some people living nearby when it appeared at the former Chicken Spot premises last month.

The Wanstead Society formally told the council it objected to the sign, which is in a conservation area.

The flames backing the name BBQ Express have now been removed and the sign appears smaller.

The Guardian has been unable to contact anyone at the shop so far.

A spokesman for Redbridge Council said: "We can confirm that the previous sign was removed as a result of negotiations with the proprietor. The council has not yet revisited the site to assess the new sign."

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2:10pm Sat 17 Nov 12

LakeBreeze says...

I'm usually in agreement with the things the Wanstead Society are concerned about, but this sign was a triviality in my book. Case in point: when the original "offending" version was in place, I did not even notice it as I went about my life using the High Street. It seems to me that the only people freaked out by the original sign have nothing better to do than notice these things. Again, normally I'm on the side of Wanstead Society's good work in keeing Wanstead "Wanstead", but this is ridiculous. PIck your battles, there are far more serious and worse threats to conservation of character and environment here in Wanstead than this.

I'm more worried about the preservation of public space, Epping Forest, Wanstead Park and Flats, than this minor matter.
I'm usually in agreement with the things the Wanstead Society are concerned about, but this sign was a triviality in my book. Case in point: when the original "offending" version was in place, I did not even notice it as I went about my life using the High Street. It seems to me that the only people freaked out by the original sign have nothing better to do than notice these things. Again, normally I'm on the side of Wanstead Society's good work in keeing Wanstead "Wanstead", but this is ridiculous. PIck your battles, there are far more serious and worse threats to conservation of character and environment here in Wanstead than this. I'm more worried about the preservation of public space, Epping Forest, Wanstead Park and Flats, than this minor matter. LakeBreeze
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11:04pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

If this is an acceptable amendment in a conservation area then my rear is a Craister Kipper.

It is not about the sign of course. It is about the impending down market type of business that will operate from there.

An attraction for potential trouble near to a school.
If this is an acceptable amendment in a conservation area then my rear is a Craister Kipper. It is not about the sign of course. It is about the impending down market type of business that will operate from there. An attraction for potential trouble near to a school. Cornbeefur
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3:37am Mon 19 Nov 12

pickme58 says...

Cornbreefur, you need a life. This is wanstead not Kensington or Mayfair. I can clearly see you have nothing better to do than busy body yourself to make yourself feel important.
Your concern is over the top.. It's a food place for gods sake.

Obviously you only like corn beef...
Cornbreefur, you need a life. This is wanstead not Kensington or Mayfair. I can clearly see you have nothing better to do than busy body yourself to make yourself feel important. Your concern is over the top.. It's a food place for gods sake. Obviously you only like corn beef... pickme58
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3:49am Mon 19 Nov 12

pickme58 says...

I applaude the work done to make that disaster site called chicken spot look the way it does now.. Cornybeef you should take a peep and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Stop being an e-w@rrior and get with the times.

Maybe they should BBQ cornbeef for you. Incompoop!
I applaude the work done to make that disaster site called chicken spot look the way it does now.. Cornybeef you should take a peep and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Stop being an e-w@rrior and get with the times. Maybe they should BBQ cornbeef for you. Incompoop! pickme58
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12:48pm Mon 19 Nov 12

pickme58 says...

Cornbeefur are you trying to say that your the only person who pays rates? What about the people who own BBQ? You must be very old by the way things are sounding? People do eat ice cream in winter and if you bother to take your head out of your backside you'll see that they sell more than ice cream! You haven't even been in these shops and you talk rubbish with no grounds.

Your a Pratt
Cornbeefur are you trying to say that your the only person who pays rates? What about the people who own BBQ? You must be very old by the way things are sounding? People do eat ice cream in winter and if you bother to take your head out of your backside you'll see that they sell more than ice cream! You haven't even been in these shops and you talk rubbish with no grounds. Your a Pratt pickme58
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2:50pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Ana_legal says...

I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction.

Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes?

I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop?

Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.
I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction. Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes? I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop? Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open. Ana_legal
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3:55pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Ana_legal wrote:
I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction.

Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes?

I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop?

Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.
It will be a magnate for trouble at night. Watch this space. Cars mounting the pavement outside on double yellow lines, as before. Buses unable to pass by, traffic backing up.

Wanstead has gone down the pan over the last ten years.
[quote][p][bold]Ana_legal[/bold] wrote: I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction. Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes? I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop? Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.[/p][/quote]It will be a magnate for trouble at night. Watch this space. Cars mounting the pavement outside on double yellow lines, as before. Buses unable to pass by, traffic backing up. Wanstead has gone down the pan over the last ten years. Cornbeefur
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5:36pm Mon 19 Nov 12

LakeBreeze says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
Ana_legal wrote:
I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction.

Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes?

I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop?

Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.
It will be a magnate for trouble at night. Watch this space. Cars mounting the pavement outside on double yellow lines, as before. Buses unable to pass by, traffic backing up.

Wanstead has gone down the pan over the last ten years.
I strongly disagree that "Wanstead has gone down the pan."

Wanstead is going strong. Sure there are some problems crop up in terms of this or that shop property and changing use of the same, but those issues happen on every high street, and will happen increasingly more as times are hard for the local high streets everywhere.

But to make this comment on Wanstead is incredibly misleading and inaccurate. It's still a really great place, as charming and family-orientated as it's ever been.

I'm heartened by Ana_legal's postive comments on the new BBQ place. It's that attitude that more people need in order to MAKE something be the best it can be, not the worst.
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ana_legal[/bold] wrote: I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction. Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes? I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop? Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.[/p][/quote]It will be a magnate for trouble at night. Watch this space. Cars mounting the pavement outside on double yellow lines, as before. Buses unable to pass by, traffic backing up. Wanstead has gone down the pan over the last ten years.[/p][/quote]I strongly disagree that "Wanstead has gone down the pan." Wanstead is going strong. Sure there are some problems crop up in terms of this or that shop property and changing use of the same, but those issues happen on every high street, and will happen increasingly more as times are hard for the local high streets everywhere. But to make this comment on Wanstead is incredibly misleading and inaccurate. It's still a really great place, as charming and family-orientated as it's ever been. I'm heartened by Ana_legal's postive comments on the new BBQ place. It's that attitude that more people need in order to MAKE something be the best it can be, not the worst. LakeBreeze
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11:43pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

LakeBreeze wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
Ana_legal wrote:
I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction.

Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes?

I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop?

Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.
It will be a magnate for trouble at night. Watch this space. Cars mounting the pavement outside on double yellow lines, as before. Buses unable to pass by, traffic backing up.

Wanstead has gone down the pan over the last ten years.
I strongly disagree that "Wanstead has gone down the pan."

Wanstead is going strong. Sure there are some problems crop up in terms of this or that shop property and changing use of the same, but those issues happen on every high street, and will happen increasingly more as times are hard for the local high streets everywhere.

But to make this comment on Wanstead is incredibly misleading and inaccurate. It's still a really great place, as charming and family-orientated as it's ever been.

I'm heartened by Ana_legal's postive comments on the new BBQ place. It's that attitude that more people need in order to MAKE something be the best it can be, not the worst.
This place is not a restaurant but an extension of a Forest gate and Manor Park Cheapo, chicken (instead of fried , BBQ, as sounds healthier), £15 a kilo chicken shop)

What the General Ignoramus do no realise is that chicken is produced so much cheaply these days that it resembles scientifically nothing like the actual animal.

Enjoy, they say, as you part with your cash, full of flavour.
[quote][p][bold]LakeBreeze[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ana_legal[/bold] wrote: I’d like to add I have lived in Wanstead for nearly 20 years, I personally think BBQ Express as a refreshing addition to Wanstead. After having to choose between The Lighthouse and the Kebab shop I’m looking forward to eating good clean fast food by owners who clearly have invested in Wanstead just by looking at the shop in construction. Cornbeefur it seems you are on here to jeopardise a business which hasn't even opened, particularly as you must be another business owner along the high street, is this how the Wanstead spirit goes? I think the sign looks great and just what the high street needs, its a shame they took the last one down. Cornbeefur would you prefer yet another extortionately priced coffee shop? Bring on BBQ Express I can’t wait for it to open.[/p][/quote]It will be a magnate for trouble at night. Watch this space. Cars mounting the pavement outside on double yellow lines, as before. Buses unable to pass by, traffic backing up. Wanstead has gone down the pan over the last ten years.[/p][/quote]I strongly disagree that "Wanstead has gone down the pan." Wanstead is going strong. Sure there are some problems crop up in terms of this or that shop property and changing use of the same, but those issues happen on every high street, and will happen increasingly more as times are hard for the local high streets everywhere. But to make this comment on Wanstead is incredibly misleading and inaccurate. It's still a really great place, as charming and family-orientated as it's ever been. I'm heartened by Ana_legal's postive comments on the new BBQ place. It's that attitude that more people need in order to MAKE something be the best it can be, not the worst.[/p][/quote]This place is not a restaurant but an extension of a Forest gate and Manor Park Cheapo, chicken (instead of fried , BBQ, as sounds healthier), £15 a kilo chicken shop) What the General Ignoramus do no realise is that chicken is produced so much cheaply these days that it resembles scientifically nothing like the actual animal. Enjoy, they say, as you part with your cash, full of flavour. Cornbeefur
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2:41pm Tue 20 Nov 12

pickme58 says...

Cornbeefur you must own a shop on the high street and are trying to jeopardise the BBQ people. Keep trying as the people of wanstead are on to you. Power to ana_legal!

Cornbeefur... Do good-er mr busy body!
Cornbeefur you must own a shop on the high street and are trying to jeopardise the BBQ people. Keep trying as the people of wanstead are on to you. Power to ana_legal! Cornbeefur... Do good-er mr busy body! pickme58
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