We’ve previously written at length about the borough council’s draft document setting out the future of the town centre. Our last item provided links to the full document and to the ‘official’ form for people to give their views.
However, the official form is highly unsuitable for completing and returning on-line. In our experience, it doesn’t even LOOK right on mobile devices.
So, here is an easy alternative. Simply click HERE – which, for most readers, will open up a blank e-mail, already addressed to the borough council and with the relevant subject in the subject line. (If this doesn’t work, just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Camberley Town Centre Masterplan’ as the subject.) Then, just copy and paste the following text into the body of the e-mail (obviously, ALTER THE TEXT TO SUIT YOUR VIEWS, after you’ve pasted it!), add your name and address at the end of the text and SEND the e-mail. Job done!
I would like to make the following comments about the consultation document ‘Camberley Town Centre Masterplan and Public Realm Strategy Supplementary Planning Document’:
1. I support much of what the document proposes. More trees, a high quality street environment and public realm, upgrading of the station, opening up east-west links… are highly desirable improvements. I urge the council to turn its fine ideas into practice as soon as possible.
2. Of the two options for pedestrianising the High Street, Option 1 – the narrowing of the majority of the street, with reduced parking, would lead to severe traffic congestion. So, the only other option offered, Option 2 – complete pedestrianisation apart from access for service vehicles – is my preferred option.
3. I am concerned about the prospect of the redeveloped London Road Block being six storeys high. Camberley is a human-scale town and six storeys could be over-powering.
4. I support the intention to retain the facades of the more significant buildings facing the London Road.
5. Though I support opening up east-west links, those in the town centre should remain roofed to protect pedestrians from the weather. This particularly applies to those walking between Main Square car park and The Mall, and between The Mall and the (future) London Road Block.
6. The proposed locations for taxi ranks needs to be re-thought, to avoid late-night disturbance of residents.
7. The Bear public house is one of the few physical reminders left in the town centre of its past. We are disturbed by the suggestion that it will be partially demolished, and urge that nothing is done that would have a significant affect on its appearance and character.
8. Finally, Camberley is a small town. If it is to compete successfully with its larger neighbours, which are also going through a regeneration process, it will have to do so on the basis of quality, and not just quantity. I therefore view the improvement of the High Street – turning it into an attractive character area – as a top priority. The council must work with the retailers concerned to improve the individual buildings.