Growth in the night time economy

The new bar/club in the High Street has posted a notice on its door summarising its planning application to extend its opening hours. At the moment, the last permitted entry is 00:45; the application is to allow customers to enter until 1:15am.

As always, you can oppose or support the application by contacting the borough council. But there are only a few days left in which to do it.

(A minor point of interest is that the notice describes the premises as ‘known as TN’. TN was the name of the previous occupant, of course; we can only guess that the alcohol licence has been transferred from the old to the new.)

Punctuation isn’t a planning matter II

Back in April we reported some excellent news – the council appears to have found a tenant for the former BHS store. We understand that the new occupant will be Injoy (https://injoycentres.com/) – a children’s activity centre.

But (and it was a big BUT), much to the scorn of some of our readers, we objected to the planning application to adapt the building. We argued that the proposed mis-spelling of ‘Parties’ – see the illustration below – would do no credit to the town, especially as the errant sign would be very visible from the station.

It’s good to be able to report that our view was accepted quite quickly. The architect responsible for the drawing wrote to the borough council saying “We are aware of a public comment….regarding a spelling error (party’s). We would like to replace drawings with the correct spelling (parties).”

That’s all we wanted to achieve. Objection withdrawn!

We are sick of regeneration

What prompted today’s post was the sight of two job advertisements. Here they are; spot the difference.

To all intents and purposes they are the same. Other than the fact that they’re a year apart. We don’t know why the council apparently failed to fill the advertised ‘Regeneration’ post in 2021, but that’s not our point. In its 2000 Plan, the council wrote that it intended: “Adopting a flexible approach to areas requiring regeneration such as much of the A30 London Road frontage…” Twenty years of promised regeneration – no wonder we’re no longer excited by the idea.

In fact, the council’s policy should be one of continous renewal. Regeneration – letting things slide until something has to be done about it – is a terrible way of staying competitive and attractive. So, for goodness sake, keep the borough up to date so that regeneration is no longer needed.

Frozen yoghurt is coming our way!

The former Sharps Bedrooms premises in Park Street have been empty for a little while. But perhaps not for much longer. This notice appeared in the windows recently.

A quick internet search reveals: “We are a self serve frozen yogurt store. We serve 150 rotating flavours and have a wide variety of sugar free, low fat, vegan and sorbet options. We are open in Farnham.”

Dig a little deeper, and you can read: “MyFroyoLand Frozen Yogurt has brought the unique concept of self-serve frozen yogurt very successfully to major metros of India and is now opening up their business model for franchising Pan-India and Internationally.”

We think that ‘Internationally’ does primarily mean Farnham – but that Camberley will be added to the list. Why not, indeed.

We’ve never done this before, II..,

Earlier today we showed the first picture below. We said that it was a close-up of a photo that we took just because we thought it showed something pretty. (We don’t normally do prettiness.)

Anyway, the picture below is the full photo. It shows a metal gate behind Norwich House. What caught our eye was the individual water-drops hanging in the mesh of the gate. There were hundreds of them, and when the sun came out, each one glistened like a jewel. Try to be there when the sun is shining just after it’s rained, and see if you enjoy the result like we did.

We’ve never done this before..,

Today, we’re publishing a photograph that we took in Camberley purely because we thought it showed something pretty. So it’s not our usual stuff about bollards, scaffolding or the failures of local government.

Unfortunately, it was a hasty photo, and our blog doesn’t do it justice either. But imagine that each of the little white dots in this close-up picture is a twinkling diamond, and you might undertand why we liked what we saw.

We’re not expecting anyone to recognise what we were photographing, but we’ll show the full picture later today.

The price of gas

Paul has sent us two recent photographs of Gordon Road. As you can see, residents are paying the price for being connected to the gas main – their road will be closed for seven weeks for maintenance work.

But, there’s a silver lining. Paul’s photos were taken a couple of days ago, when railway workers were on strike. He writes: “a road closure here is quite glorious, especially with no trains.” The sun and blue sky must have helped.