• WANSTEAD: Conservation area status hopes dashed

    HOPES that a housing estate might be granted protected status were dealt a blow this evening after council planning officers rubbished the idea. Residents of the Lakehouse estate in Wanstead had hoped that the nearby Aldersbrook conservation area could

  • WANSTEAD: Anger over library parking charges

    THE planned introduction of parking charges at Wanstead Library met with a furious response at a public meeting this evening. The library in Spratt Hall Road will be the first in the borough to introduce parking charges in a money raising scheme

  • WANSTEAD: No parking - except on a bus stop

    PARKING restrictions in Wanstead may be among the toughest in London, but sharp-eyed motorists have discovered a safe haven – on a bus stop. Despite a clearly marked bay and queues of passengers, motorists have been parking for up to an hour

  • ILFORD: Woman injured in gang attack

    A YOUNG woman was left with cuts and bruises all over her body after being attacked by a gang of men in the early hours of the morning. The 22-year-old was assaulted as she walked along Ilford High Road with her boyfriend at about 3.30am on Sunday,

  • EPPING: Council refuses bin for dog waste

    A FOREST walker sick of picking up dog waste near her home has demanded the council install proper bins. Fiona Daniels, 46, from Thornwood, Epping, said Epping Forest District Council had erected a number of signs asking dog walkers to bin

  • CHINGFORD: Pub issues Christmas gift appeal

    STAFF at a Chingford pub are urging people to drop off unwanted gifts to be distributed to children in poorer countries. The Queen Elizabeth, in Forest Side, Chingford, is supporting the national Operation Christmas Child appeal. The

  • LEYTONSTONE: Coffee morning for Whipps Cross

    A COFFEE morning to raise funds for Whipps Cross Hospital will be held next Saturday (14). The Whipps Cross League of friends is organising the event, which takes place at St John's Church Hall, in Leytonstone High Road from 10am to 12.30pm. As well

  • LOUGHTON: Killer arson thugs jailed

    TWO men who killed an Epping Forest College student and her grandmother by setting fire to their flat have been jailed for life. Jake Sheehan, 20, and David Philip, 19, murdered 17-year-old Shannen Vickers and her 57-year-old grandmother Pauline

  • NORTH WEALD: Charity raffle at golf club's Xmas bash

    A RAFFLE is being held to raise money for breast cancer patients in the district this Friday (November 13) at a golf club's annual festive bash. Blakes Golf Club in Epping Road, North Weald, hosts its Christmas Boutique from 7.30pm, which also

  • College looks back at history as 80th birthday approaches

    LEYTON Sixth Form College has undergone various incarnations since it first opened in 1929. As the college prepares to celebrate its 80th birthday, CLAIRE HACK finds out more. Leyton Sixth Form College began life as a selective grammar

  • WALTHAM ABBEY: Suspended pub will re-open in seven days

    A PUB which had its licence suspended after a catalogue of violent incidents will re-open next week. The White Lion, in Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, was forced to close its doors after Essex Police linked it to 15 criminal incidents in the last

  • WOODFORD GREEN: Shopkeeper takes first holiday in 22 years

    A POPULAR shopkeeper has taken a well earned break after working for more than 22 years without a holiday. Colin Foxwell has served customers at Foxwell's Newsagents in Woodford Green High Road seven days a week without a rest since 1987.

  • WALTHAMSTOW: Tributes to community activist Peter Spiro

    TRIBUTES have been pouring in to popular community activist Peter Spiro, who died last week. Mr Spiro, 79, of Somers Road, Walthamstow died at the National Hospital for Neurology, in Queen Square, London, following a series of strokes.

  • WOODFORD GREEN: Builder hoping to be named Britain's best

    A DETERMINED young entrepreneur who defied the recession to build a successful construction business - has been shortlisted for the title of Britain's top tradesman. Clayton Lyon, 34, of Hookstone Way, Woodford Green, launched Perfect Concepts Ltd

  • EPPING: Traders slam car park closure

    EMBATTLED businesses have criticised council plans to temporarily close one of the main car parks in Epping – just weeks before Christmas. Epping Forest District Council is shutting half of the spots in Bakers Lane from tomorrow for two weeks

  • HIGHAMS PARK: Famous diva comes to borough

    AN internationally renowned opera singer has given a talk in Highams Park. Dame Felicity Lott spoke on her life and career for the Forest Recorded Music Society on Friday, attracting an audience of 70 people. The singer shared stories

  • LOUGHTON: Bull terrier mauls beloved cat

    A CAT-OWNER has warned of the perils of dangerous dogs after her beloved feline companion was mauled by a bull terrier. Elizabeth Newton, of Smarts Lane, Loughton, said her cat Alfie was a well-known friendly face about town, often popping into neighbours

  • WALTHAM FOREST: Health visitor 'crisis' in borough

    VULNERABLE children are still in danger due to a shortage of health visitors, according to a union. Unite is calling for an immediate investigation into a staffing crisis in areas such as Leyton and Leytonstone. The Guardian revealed

  • Daggers defender has loan extended

    DAGENHAM & Redbridge defender Anwar Uddin has had his loan spell at Grays Athletic extended by another month. Uddin has been playing for the Blue Square Premier side for two months and was due to return to Victoria Road, but he will now remain with Grays

  • WEST HAM: Duo called up for Brazil clash

    WEST HAM players Robert Green and Matthew Upson have been selected for England to face Brazil in a mouth-watering friendly match on Saturday. The goalkeeper and defender have been regular choices for Three Lions boss Fabio Capello and they will be hoping

  • LOUGHTON: Pupils get a taste of Africa with live link-up

    PUPILS at Davenant Foundation School got a chance to catch up with their peers in South Africa thanks to a hi-tech video broadcast organised to help celebrate links between our two nations in the run-up to next year's football World Cup.

  • Non-league round-up: Abbey pluck win from jaws of defeat

    WALTHAM ABBEY produced a stunning comeback to record only their third win of the season at Canvey Island, with the three points giving them some much-needed breathing space from the relegation zone. The Abbotts seemed to be heading for their

  • LEYTON: Talk on football's history to be given

    A TALK is to be given on the role of east London in the rise of football at the Leyton Orient Supporters' Club. Football historian Colm Kerrigan will speak on 'early football in east London' on November 25 from 8pm. The event, organised

  • WANSTEAD: Community group to hold free park tours

    NATURE lovers can find out more about the parks and green spaces of Wanstead during a free guided tour next weekend. The Parklands of Wanstead walk, on Sunday, November 15, will include information about the history and habitat of Christchurch Green

  • EPPING FOREST: Landfill tax blamed on rise in fly-tipping

    RISING landfill charges and the recession has led to a 51 per cent increase in fly-tipping on Epping Forest land in just six months, it has been claimed. The Corporation of London, which owns and maintains the forest, has said in a new report

  • WALTHAMSTOW: Christmas lights switched on

    THE Mayor of Waltham Forest officially switched on Walthamstow's Christmas lights on Saturday. Cllr Anna Mbachu, with the town crier and council leader Chris Robbins, flicked the switch in the town square. The event was marked by face-painting

  • WALTHAMSTOW: Arcade site ice rink divides opinion

    CHILDREN have been enjoying skating on the temporary ice rink which has opened on the Arcade site – but not everyone is convinced about the new facility. The 12 square-metre rink, on the long derelict site on the corner of Hoe Street and High

  • WALTHAM FOREST: Bus strike affects thousands of commuters

    BUS passengers face travel misery today as drivers stage a 24-hour walk out. Members of the Unite union who work for East London Bus and Coach Company went on strike from 3am this morning. The action is disrupting a total of 58 routes