You’ll know the virtually derelict former dry-cleaners shop and building on the A30 service road. That’s the one with wire mesh outside to catch bits of stonework when they fall off. Well, just inside one window have appeared bags of ‘Postcrete’. That’s the ready-mixed concrete used to fix fence posts in place. What’s more, there are half a dozen empty bags of the stuff amongst the rubbish in the other window. They haven’t been there for more than a few days, we think.
What’s happening there after years of decay?
But other things may be stirring along that stretch of road. Remember Jackpot Slots? Long gone, of course. However, several people were spotted entering the shop yesterday – we got the impression that they were looking around. To buy? To rent? We may find out.
The Jackpot Slots building is owned by the Mall. As it happens, you may have read in the Eye very recently that an offer of around £88.5 million has been made for the Mall. The same thing was printed in this week’s local newspaper; we were impressed by the paper’s insight. Although much of what was written is actually available on the internet, the article refers to ‘rumours’ that the borough council is involved in the deal. We don’t know of any such rumours, and we wonder whether the article is based on something more definite. Have YOU come across any such rumours yourself?
Talking about borough council deals, the Eye really ought to make an offer to the council. Yet again we warned a driver who had just parked in that ‘permits only’ section of the service road. He drove further down the road just before an enforcement officer appeared; the officer started to write a notice to put on the windscreen of another infringing car. So, as our action probably deprived the council of a £35 (we think that’s right) fine, here’s the offer. If the council pays the Eye £25 a day, we’ll refrain from warning drivers in future. A win-win (except for the drivers) situation. But it’s a farce, of course. The council’s priority ought to be to stop people from parking there. Sticking penalty notices on so many cars – mostly parked there by mistake – highlights that it’s not using the right approach.