Here we go again…

For reasons which we needn’t into here, the Eye has been reading the draft Local Plan more closely than previously. (You may remember, there was a public consultation about the document recently.)

We found the experience dispiriting. Not the content, but the waffle and unsuitability of the document for a public consultation. We reckon, subjectively, that it could have been reduced by a third, and made clearer at the same time, without losing any substance.

Five or six weeks ago we commented on an objective in the council’s current Annual Plan. It is to “Ensure plain English is used in Council documents and when communicating with residents.” The Local Plan fails in this respect. And it matters. Sensible people will find something more rewarding to do than read the council’s poorly written documents. That isn’t consultation or democracy.

As always, we try to support what we write with facts. So, here goes. We’ve written before that there’s a standard ‘readability’ test called the Flesch Reading Ease score. We subjected a section of the Local Plan to that, with the following results:

You can see, the section we chose was 1721 words long – not a short cherry-picked sentence to try to prove our point. And the Flesch Reading Ease score was 26.6. Which, as the following table indicates, means that the text is “very difficult to read”.

We’d be the first to admit that the process we followed was by no means perfect, and that the results are only indicative. But a good consultation document, like a good website, should achieve a score of 60-70. Our twenty paragraphs didn’t get near.

Probably not another ‘take-away’

The other day we speculated about the new use of the shop in Obelisk Way that used to be occupied by Mr Emment…. We’re still not sure what’s happening, but we peered through the window yesterday, and our first photo shows what we saw. But it’s good news that the shop won’t stay empty for much longer.

We shall see!

What bus shelter??

A quote from the draft Local Plan: “Improvements to the A30 that started in 2021 include: junction improvements, improved cycleways, alterations to the bus lanes and IMPROVED BUS SHELTERS,”

The bus shelter for this A30 bus stop was removed last year because of work on the nearby bus lane. In September we wrote that the shelter hadn’t been replaced “for months”. It still hasn’t been!

We’re impressed by the smart new shelters that have been installed around the town (and presumably elsewhere). But that’s probably not much consolation to the passengers who have to use this particular stop.

An official notice

A piece of paper fluttering in the wind caught our attention yesterday. It was ‘strung up’ on the side of the exit to Main Square car park – as our first photo shows. We straightened it out as best we could and took our second photo. After which, we took our third photo, to which we think it relates.

We’ve already posted that there’s an entertainment business hoping to occupy (all?) the former BHS premises. (The address is ‘Princess Way’, though our photos were taken in Pembroke Broadway.)

And another defibrillator

We know that Collectively Camberley have already posted about the latest defibrillators to arrive in the town – including the one by the side of The Bear which they sponsored. But it’s an opportunity for us to say ‘well done, and we hope that the defibrillators are never needed’. And also for us to be able to report that Collectively Camberley’s website has already been updated with the new additions; see the end of this item for a copy of their map.

The new Serenity – the ‘inside’ story

A few days ago we showed this picture of the front of the not-yet-finished building in Portesbery Road


The new occupant has since sent us the following information:

“In June 2015 we first opened our company, Serenity Hair & Spa, in Warsash – Southampton. We are partnered with La Biosthetique, offering our customers a bespoke concept 5* service. Due to our success, we decided to grow our business to a second location.

“We are predominantly a hair salon, with added premium skin care services that allow our customers to fully relax and enjoy their Serenity experience.

“We very much look forward to becoming a part of the Camberley community and welcoming our new customers.”

As with all new businesses, we wish them well.

A round post

Today, we’re posting about a post.

As you can see, the fairly new ‘No Entry’ sign at the exit of Park Street has been twisted around so that it faces the wrong way. Presumably the forces of nature – or humans – are responsible.

Years ago, we suggested that the cross-section of road-sign posts should be square, not round. That would make twisting the signs around much more difficult. But there’s never been much enthusiasm for our idea in Camberley, as our photo confirms.