High Street or shanty town?

The windows of the long-empty shop near the top of Camberley’s High Street have now been boarded up.  For how long, we wonder…..

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As we reported a couple of weeks or so ago, a planning application has been submitted to turn the upper floors of this building into flats, so the boarding-up isn’t likely to be a step on the way to demolition and regeneration.

The borough council wrote recently about regeneration: “Whilst negotiations are continuing, the Council are not able to advise on timescales at this time. ”  We appreciate that the council has a difficult course to steer – we just wish we had more confidence in the helmsman.  It’s about time the council formally announced that earlier unrealistic plans (we recall describing them as ‘courageous’ years ago) for the London Road Block have been abandoned and a more-credible scheme adopted.

Of course, if the council has completely lost control of the situation, it will be too embarrassed to say anything openly.  Perhaps this is the case?

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4 thoughts on “High Street or shanty town?

  1. Do you remember, a few years ago, when loads of people were saying that they’d spoken to a friend who knew somebody who had met someone who said they’d bumped into a person who’d told them that they’d heard John Lewis would be taking over that part of Camberley. Rumours like that gave us hope, photos like this just bring despair.

    • Paul, it’s so frustrating. Most residents understand that the outlook for retail, and for the economy, is uncertain. So it’s perfectly reasonable for plans to be changed. What we lack is any confidence that the situation is being MANAGED. We can only judge by what we see. Disintegrating buildings and boarded up windows are all we have to go on. (I’m excluding the Mall’s makeover here: I’m talking about the bigger picture) Based on what we see, despair is a reasonable response.

    • Shirley, I’ll not pick out individual councillors here: some are good, some aren’t. But, collectively, they ARE responsible for the overall direction of the council. And there’s no law to prevent them from telling everyone what’s happening – at least in outline. They might even win a few votes by so doing. But the trouble with a council that’s dominated by one party is that there’s no ‘hunger’ to do better. Ultimately, it’s the voters’ fault.

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