If you’re a visitor to Camberley, you have probably parked in Main Square car park. Which is owned by the borough council – on behalf of the residents, of course.
If you leave the car park by the PRINCIPAL stairs (not some backstreet stairwell), this is what you experience.
We visit a lot of town centres. This is one of the worst – probably THE worst – car park ‘front door’ that we encounter. Yet the council’s avowed intention is to “see Camberley become one of the top 100 destinations in the country.” The gap between the words and the reality takes our breath away.
Compare Camberley’s stairwell with the one in the photo below. It was taken in a quite elderly car park in central Basingstoke. To think that Basingstoke was once a ‘joke town’.
The borough council tells us: ” All stairwells were refurbished in 2012/13 and will be refreshed including minor repairs and yellow line repainting in July/August when the car park is quieter and works will cause less disruption.
“We are working on a major capital improvement project for the Car Park which will involve the resurfacing of Level 5 to bring it up to standard (with recently resurfaced Level 4.) This will include the replacement of the structural expansion joints on the top deck.“