Should’ve gone to Specsavers by now

Water has been pouring from an overflow pipe in the side of the building occupied by Specsavers for what seems to us to have been weeks.  It’s easy to hear, and not too difficult to see.  So, shouldn’t whoever is responsible for it  visit Specsavers to sort out a hearing aid and spectacles?  It’s not too far to go!

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(The view down this narrow passageway doesn’t exactly enhance the experience of shopping in Camberley.  What chance of becoming a top 100 retail destination?)

Expanded car parking at Frimley Park Hospital

It’s about time we reported Frimley Park Hospital’s plans to extend its car parking.  The planning application – which was published a couple of weeks ago – states:  “Reconfiguration of existing car park and erection of extension to the existing decked car park to provide 273 visitor car parking facilities and 6 disabled parking spaces; a net increase of 121 spaces”

The extension is can be seen in the drawing below – it’s the westerly car park shown with lamp-posts on the top deck.

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As we understand it, Frimley Park already has about the average number of parking spaces for a hospital of its size.  The problem is that Surrey Heath residents have lots of cars and they expect to be able to use them!!

 

Will we still be commuting to London in ten years’ time?

Of course, we don’t know the answer to the question posed by the title of this item.  But two things have struck us recently.  Firstly, there’s the rapid growth of entrepreneurship in the UK – as discussed in the following (lengthy) newspaper cutting from the Daily Telegraph.  In particular, note the comment “you can reach a global market from a bedroom in Liverpool in a way that you never could before”.

Start-up companies

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Now, it seems highly unlikely to us that 55+ year olds are going to set up businesses that require them to spend hours on station platforms and in commuter trains.  They’ll find other ways of operating.

The second factor to strike us is that Network Rail’s forecast of the demand for rail capacity in future seems to take no account of the growth in on-line communication and technology.  Will there really be no alternative to spending an hour or more battling into main line stations?  Yet the word ‘internet’ does not appear even once in Network Rail’s 30 year look-ahead; its ‘Long term Planning Process’.

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Three little letters make all the difference

For a while, we’ve thought that the former Bensons for Beds shop in Camberley’s High Street has been sold.  (We watch it with interest because we’re under the impression that, though the ‘For Sale’ board said that the premises had planning permission for redevelopment, the permission had actually expired.)

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Anyway, we’ve looked more closely.  There are three letters that we hadn’t noticed before on the large ‘Sold’ posters in the window.  ‘stc’ – Subject to Contract.

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Bust bus

The Eye spotted this broken down bus in Pembroke Broadway the other day.  Which reminded us of the time, umpteen years ago, when we were involved in developing a fuel-saving device for buses.  It worked, but it was a commercial failure – the priority for bus operators turned out to be mechanical reliability.  Fuel-saving was of secondary interest.  So our high-tech device didn’t appeal.

(It’s a bit ironic that the technology is now used routinely in Formula One cars – perhaps we were just looking ahead too far!)

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Holiday Autos building – is this the beginning of the end?

Walking round the back of the former Holiday Autos building in Pembroke Broadway, we discovered this digger at work.

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We know that permission was given a few months ago to replace the current building by a care home, but we hadn’t expected work to begin just yet.  It takes time.  In fact, we got the impression that the digger was just doing something to the drains, rather than starting to demolish the building.

UPDATE.  There were several people in protective suits inside the building a day or two after we took these photos.  What were they doing??