We have unreserved respect for the St Vincent de Paul Society in Camberley. A relatively small number of volunteers makes a great deal of difference to needy people in the district. And we’ve just seen that they’ve moved into the shop units previously occupied by Brackendale Arts in Sparvell Way. We wish them every success there.
But why ‘the sting in the tail’? Well, those shops are part of the ‘London Road Block’ (the tired buildings between the High Street and Park Street, from the A30 down to Obelisk Way). Up until recently The Mall – in effect, the owner of the current shopping centre – had been seen as the prime contender to redevelop the whole London Road Block. Yet those shop units, which The Mall owns, were being advertised only weeks ago as ‘To Let’ with, if we remember correctly, the offer of a five year lease. This presumably means that The Mall had no plans to redevelop them – or the neighbouring area – for at least five years. So, anyone who’s hoping for the whole ‘block’ to be re-developed looks like having to wait a rather long time.