The borough council has said for many years that it wants to preserve the Edwardian and Victorian character of the High Street. So, council staff must have been as dismayed as we were when the rather attractive curved shop windows near the bottom of the street were removed when Bar-B-Q-Pit took over the premises. The windows were replaced by some very ordinary aluminium framed units. (Our two photos show the windows just before they were changed and as they look now.)
We wondered when the work was under way whether the change required planning permission – we never saw any application. However, the good news is that an application is now in progress to remove the aluminium frames and replace them with wooden ones. Sadly, curved glass isn’t part of the new scheme (which claims to be similar to the original windows), but perhaps we should be grateful for the modest improvement.