The diagram below shows the council’s plans for the High Street/Knoll Road area of Camberley. You can see that the granary building at the bottom of Knoll Road will be demolished to enable the road junction to be widened, with a larger roundabout. Also, service roads – indicated by pink dashed lines – will be constructed behind the shops on the eastern side of the High Street. This will facilitate the pedestrianisation of the High Street itself (pedestrianisation along the main length of the road being indicated by the red dotted line).
None of this has happened yet, of course. But, after all, the diagram was originally printed for the Local Plan 2000, so we can’t expect much progress a mere fifteen years later. However, we have now progressed to the point at which the council is SAYING about the High Street: “The dominance of cars should be minimised providing a pedestrian friendly environment.” What? How can tons of mobile metal NOT dominate a fragile flesh-and-blood pedestrian?
So far, there’s no service road, the granary corner remains untouched – in fact, the council has now had second thoughts, and is considering retaining the building (thus is progress) – and the High Street is as unwelcoming as ever. Walk around the centres of nearby towns and you’ll see construction sites and brand new buildings. What does Camberley offer in competition? Not a lot.