A few days ago we mentioned this coming Monday’s live-streamed event by the borough council – http://goo.gl/acKy12We’ve submitted a number of questions – below. It will be interesting to see which of them are actually answered during the event…..
As the borough council does not own most of the property in the town centre, and has limited control over what the owners do, would it not be more accurate for the council’s “planning documents” for the town to be titled ‘Aims’, or ‘Aspirations’, rather than ‘Plans’?
In 2014, the borough council said that it “proposes to make the town a foremost regional destination and one of the top 100 towns in the UK” and that this would be achieved by 2018.
By what quantitative measure are the top 100 towns identified, where was Camberley in the ranking when the statement was made, and where are we now? Does the aim still apply?
For some years the council has worked closely with Capital and Regional over the redevelopment of the London Road Block. Has the council devoted any significant resources to pursuing alternative schemes (and/or alternative developers) during that time? If so, what were – and are – they?
At various times over the last decade the council has looked into replacing the Arena Leisure Centre. In view of the increasing number of people living in the town, has the council considered building a new leisure centre on part of the London Road Block?
As some of the council’s plans for the town centre appear to be too ambitious in the current circumstances, and proposals such as the creation of a new town square are now questionable, does the council intend updating any of its publicly-available planning documents and vision statements?
In view of the Council Leader’s recent statement that her personal view was that even partial pedestrianisation of the High Street was not appropriate, is there any need for a new service road behind the shops on the east side of the street? If not, why has the council acquired the former ‘Hoover Spares’ building? What are the plans for the site of this building?
The council has proposed improving the ‘Southern Gateway’ to the town. What are the proposed improvements, and when might we see them being implemented?
We’ve had confirmation that the council has received these questions. Maybe we’ll also make some positive suggestions for the event using Twitter….