The heading of this item isn’t quite right. We’re actually talking here about buildings, plural.
In view of the recent outcry to preserve the ‘historic’ Old Thai House Restaurant, we’re reproducing our photograph of mid 2014. It shows the hoarding being installed along a stretch of the A30 service road. (It also shows – further from the camera – the Thai restaurant.) Three of the buildings being concealed by the hoarding are older than the Thai restaurant frontage – the two white cottages predate it by about fifty years – and it’s not too difficult to deduce that the lot are destined for demolition. Yet, in spite of this very obvious indication of what’s going to happen, as far as we know there hasn’t been one murmur of objection.
The conclusion has to be that people aren’t particularly fussed by the destruction of Camberley’s history as a whole – even if they say they are. It’s only if the history is ‘nice’ that anyone cares. That’s fair enough, we’re all human (and the Eye particularly likes the frontage of the Thai restaurant!) But let’s stop kidding ourselves that all of Camberley’s history matters. Obviously, it doesn’t.
(For the record, no planning application has been submitted to demolish the Thai restaurant. Nothing new has happened on the relevant planning front for years. The recent outcry is based on ignorance of the actual facts.)