The photo below is of the former ‘Hoover Spares’ building in Bissingen Way, between Knoll Road and the High Street. It was hardly a thing of beauty. (It might have been a reminder of Camberley’s former history, but surely no-one wanted to preserve it!)
If we recall correctly, the borough council discussed acquiring the building a couple of years or so ago. The meeting was held in private, but we assume that the acquisition was part of the council’s plan to create a rear service road for the shops in the High Street. In which case, we assume that the purchase was approved. (We published an item about that service road earlier this year – https://goo.gl/3BaKfG)
Rather strangely, since the council’s plans for a service road date back at least fifteen years, the council approved a planning application in 2008 to put an office block on the site of the building. This would have made the construction of a service road much more difficult, we believe (yes, we objected to the application). However, the market for office accommodation in the town centre dried up, and, even though the permission was extended until about 2014, the development never went ahead.
Anyway, this is history. The building was knocked flat yesterday. Long overdue; we wonder why the council took so long. Maybe we’ll see that service road completed eventually (but, based on progress so far, we won’t be around by then!).