When we wrote about Tuesday’s meeting of the borough council’s Executive recently, we didn’t mention one of the agenda items – ‘Main Square Multi-Storey Car Park Capital Improvements’. This came fairly late in the meeting, and the public wasn’t allowed to be present while it was discussed.
Stating the obvious, we don’t know what was said. But, as the main stairs of the Mall car park smelt more unpleasant than usual yesterday, a remedy is needed NOW. We can’t wait for capital improvements to provide a solution – even if that’s what’s planned.
(It was particularly unfortunate that there were more visitors in the town than usual yesterday for ‘Camberley’s Big Day Out’. A lot of work went into creating a good impression of the town, but some people’s visit will have ended unfavourably.)
The borough council, of course, isn’t responsible for causing the smell; that’s the result of some weak-bladdered anti-social people. But the problem isn’t unique to Camberley, and there are some well-known measures to counter it.
Oh, and while we’re discussing the car park, perhaps we should mention – again – those tired lights that have been burning electricity pointlessly for perhaps a couple of years. Of course, the cost is trivial in comparison to the £2000-ish that the council has borrowed for every person in the borough. But if the council can’t manage easy things like switching off lights, how can we have confidence that it can cope with more-challenging projects?