The games have returned

We were a bit puzzled the other day, when we saw boxes of games apparently being REMOVED from the former games shop in Obelisk Way.  We assumed that the shop had been emptied ages ago.

Well, we obviously got hold of the wrong end of the stick.  A games shop – we’re not sure if it’s the same business that used to be there – has opened in the same place.

 

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Upper Park Road closed “TOMORROW”

Remember this item that we posted in November?

Amongst the obsure notices about local traffic closures, you can find one to:

“Prohibit vehicles from entering or proceeding in that length of Upper Park Road (D3528), Camberley that extends from its junction with Church Hill (D3526) to its junction with Heathcote Road (D3528). Vehicular traffic will be diverted via Heathcote Road (D3528), Upper Gordon Road (D3528) and Upper Park Road (D3528)”

“This Temporary Traffic Order is required to enable highway resurfacing and/or maintenance works on behalf of Surrey County Council. These works are anticipated to be carried out between the hours of 07:00 and 17:00 as soon as possible within the eighteen month period of operation of this Temporary Traffic Order which commences on 17th November 2017.”

In other words, Church Hill, an important access road to the south of the town, will be closed for maintenance at some point before too long Traffic will be diverted via roads that are unlikely to be able to handle it!

According to the County Council Local Committee, the closure will take place TOMORROW (and maybe on another day soon afterwards too).

Council causes chaos

2C4776EA-CEE6-493F-B3CD-1C608ACACAADThe borough council has closed the top floors of both Camberley multi storey car parks today because of ice. That’s easier than salting them, we suppose. But there are no notices warning about this at the entrances. So, as it’s near Christmas (NB council) there are lots of people trying to park, getting to the top and having to come out again.

 

 

How old is old?

We find this notice below the shop window of Capigi the jeweller somewhat thought-provoking.  It refers to ‘old gold’.  We know what it means, of course.

But, as was discussed in the news in October, gold is created when neutron stars collide.   It’s not produced naturally on earth.  Indeed, most of the earth’s gold was accumulated while the planet was still molten 4.5 billion years ago.  Sadly, tantalising for us, the heavy metal then sank to the centre of the earth, out of reach.  The gold that we do find arrived here perhaps half a billion years later, when the now-solid planet was bombarded by gold-bearing meteorites.  So, the Capigi notice is spot on;  ALL gold on earth is 4 billion years old or thereabouts!

We want the train without the strain

Do you remember the following item that we posted just over a couple of months ago?

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When South Western Railway took over the running of our local train service (it actually took over the whole South West Train franchise) it announced that it would consult about its proposed new timetable. So, a week or so ago, it launched a consultation on-line. You’ll find the consultation page HERE (Sorry, Facebook readers, you may have to go to the Eye’s WordPress blog for this link to work.)

To us, the most relevant part of the consultation is Table 150:

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Well, the consultation is nearly over.  One of our readers has responded: “For 7 years I travelled from Camberley to Waterloo on the straight through trains and saw the number of people on the platform increase week by week. A great service, but having to change trains in the rush hour, whether Ascot or Ash Vale, and get on a crowded train probably means having to stand for much of the way. Another nail in Camberley’s coffin if they do away with this service.” 

The borough council appears to have similar concerns.  You’ll find the council’s reply to the consultation HERE.

An inevitable parking ticket

Quite a while ago, we showed a picture of a freshly re-painted yellow line along a stretch of ‘dropped kerb’ on the A30 service road.  We pointed out that the dropped kerb led nowhere – and that someone had taken advantage of that to park on the yellow line.  Well, they did the same thing a few days later, and collected a ‘parking ticket’, as this photo shows.

The somewhat surprising thing is that we think we’ve seen the same car in the same place a day or more after we took this photo.

How long will Main Square car park last?

As we predicted, the planning committee last month approved the council’s plans to convert Ashwood House into flats.

We understand that the completed flats will be sold commercially.  In which case, we imagine that buyers will want assurance that they will always have access to their car park – the former Level 3A  – in the building.    This will be reached via the existing overhead ramps between Ashwood House and Main Square car park.

So, what is the life expectancy of Main Square car park?  Obviously, we don’t know.  We have a dim and distant memory – which could be wrong – that something like sixteen years ago a survey predicted that the building would last for another twenty five years.  Which would mean it would reach the end of its life something like another eight or nine years from now.  Not long in the context of buying a flat.  Presumably, though, the council has reviewed the position and can tell a more reassuring story to potential buyers.

If we remember correctly, the car park has been strengthened once already.  Relying on our faulty memory, that’s why the main supporting members have an inward-protruding vertical concrete ‘wedge’ attached to them on each floor.  The wedge presumably provides additional support for the floor above.

There are quite a few cracks visible in the car park structure.  We don’t think they’re of any great significance – other than at some point they might need attention, which would probably mean closing off some parking spaces at the time.  Here’s a photo showing a typical crack.

We’re usually looking forward to a cup of coffee too much to stop and work out what caused these cracks.  It’s a matter of priorities!

The Central Bar – we now know why.

You may remember that a few days ago we suggested that The Central Bar was closed.  At the time, we expressed surprise because we knew that outline planning permission, only, had been granted for redevelopment.  So closure seemed rather premature.

We’re no longer quite so surprised, as a ‘detailed’ planning application relating to the ‘reserved matters’ still outstanding has now been submitted.  Here is the proposed facade that would face Obelisk Way.

 

Rings of Fire in Grace Reynolds Walk…

Well, maybe not ‘rings of fire’ – but certainly ‘rings of light’.  The promised circular lamps are now up and running in Grace Reynolds Walk.  They make a very positive statement.

(We confess that our nerdish tendency means that we’re equally interested in the much-less-obvious light fittings higher in the roof – the ones with half a dozen lamps in a row.  When the prototype appeared above the O2 shop a year or so ago, we thought that the lamps were just high power halogen bulbs.  However, they’re probably not.  Halogen bulbs – especially those used in domestic downlighters – are being phased out.  But you knew that, of course….)