As we wrote here yesterday, at the meeting that evening of the council’s Local Area Committee the Eye asked why fifteen years’ of promises to pedestrianise Camberley’s High Street had led to nothing. Not even to partial pedestrianisation.
The suggestion that the borough and county councils might be embarrassed by the lack of progress was not received sympathetically by one councillor. Another councillor pointed out that the road had to remain open for shop deliveries. Also, that the intention was to create a rear access road but that this inevitably took time. It was said that the council had acquired the derelict electrical spares building in Bissingen Way as part of the new road scheme.
The Eye is totally unconvinced by this argument. We wrote over a year ago about the saga of the derelict building and pointed out that in 2007 the council granted planning permission for the building to be replaced by offices. (Yes, we did object to the planning application, with no effect.) We could have added that when the original permission expired, the council renewed it! So it’s sheer luck that the council has been able to acquire a derelict building rather than be faced with a much more expensive option of buying a relatively new office block whose construction it should never have allowed.
Sorry, council, your explanation won’t wash.
You can read what we wrote a year ago here: http://wp.me/p3Dlu2-18y