We really liked the appearance of the pale-coloured paving in the High Street when it was first installed. But now? It doesn’t do the street any credit.
We’re tempted to ask whether whoever chose it had visited a comparable road after the paving had been in use for a few years. It might have resulted in a different choice.
(One of the measures that’s been used in Los Angeles to tackle the urban ‘heat island’ effect is to put reflective white coatings on the streets and other surfaces. We wonder how long they stay white.)