When this new ‘artwork’ appeared on the A30 recently, we wrote an item which said that we expected that it would be there “for years”. Why did we say that? Well, judge for yourself….
Almost the whole stretch of buildings facing the A30 between the High Street and Park Street is known as the London Road Block (LRB). In mid-2015 we wrote an article titled ‘Camberley – the town that time will forget?’ This highlighted the council’s earlier forecast that a planning application to redevelop the LRB would be submitted by the end of 2014. The forecast was based on the assumption that the then-owners of the shopping mall would be prime movers in the redevelopment. But to the Eye this was obviously not going to be the case. We wrote in our article: ‘For longer than we care to remember, we have been saying that the council needs a ‘Plan B’.’
The council STILL needs a ‘Plan B’. Indeed, it doesn’t seem to have a firm ‘Plan A’ either! At the moment, apparently it’s looking at the feasibility of various schemes for the LRB. As recently as last summer, it was telling residents that a planning application would be submitted by the end of 2017. Now it’s saying that this won’t happen until perhaps the end of THIS year, or the beginning of the next.
These are the FACTS. Based on the facts, when do YOU think the the artwork and hoarding will be removed?
(If you want to read our 2015 article in full, you’ll find it HERE. Note that, for simplicity, the article loosely refers to the mall’s owners as ‘The Mall’)