Search

Family’s frustration over Stratford’s ‘haunted house’

PUBLISHED: 09:00 14 January 2017

Greg and Laura Ashby are concerned about teens getting in to the derelict building near their home in Stratford.

Greg and Laura Ashby are concerned about teens getting in to the derelict building near their home in Stratford.

Archant

A family living near an abandoned warehouse dubbed Stratford’s haunted house have called for the eyesore to be knocked down.

A magnet for groups of kids who trespass onto the property and film themselves inside, Wingate House, on Warton Road, has been empty since 2000 in spite of the landowner’s attempts to redevelop the site.

Greg Ashby, who claims his property in Lapis Mews has been vandalised by youths on their way to and from the building, said: “It’s caused a lot of stress. We get involved in altercations. At least twice teens coming down the communal path have tried to kick and break the lights.”

Rough sleepers have also been known to use the four storey building, with firemen called out to extinguish fires at the property several times.

“It’s not been pleasant,” Greg, 42, added. “When my son plays outside we have to constantly monitor him. We’re worried they’ll interfere with our kids.”

But the building remains an issue for the landowners and authorities too.

A spokesman for owners Brandnow Limited said: “Our architects intend to submit a new planning application in February. We are working with the authorities to secure the building. Frequent visits are made and vandalism repaired, but unfortunately vandals still find a way in.

“We are aware it causes distress to the neighbours and a monetary loss to ourselves.

“We hope one of our plans is approved soon by the local authority to enable us to start building work as soon as possible,” he added.

A spokesman for planners the London Legacy Development Corporation said: “We are considering further enforcement action, while also discussing the potential for a new development scheme.”

But for Greg all he wants is one thing: “I would love to see the building demolished and used for something that will benefit the community.”

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham Stories

18:00

Austrian also won signing of the season and players’ player of the season at Hammers’ awards night

15:30

The Chelmsford club head to the Ageas Bowl looking to make it back-to-back wins in the 2018 County Championship Division One

Jamie Porter

The former Gillingham manager is confident his players will bounce back from the 1-0 loss at home to Maidenhead United

Justin Edinburgh

Anthony McGrath’s team got off the mark last weekend and will be boosted by the availability of an England legend this week

Jamie Porter

The Old Manor Park Library is hosting an open day on Saturday.

London
12:30

SSE Wildcats has provided “a real buzz in Essex” as it aims to provide girls aged 5-11 with regular inspirational opportunities to have fun, make friends and play in an engaging environment.

12:00

Joe Hart, on loan from Pep Guardiola’s men, is ineligible for east Londoners’ Premier League game against Citizens

The Jubilee line is now running but with serious delays to all stations.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now