Better connections!

On our (within approved lockdown limits) daily walk we encountered the van shown in our first photo. The driver was apparently photographing telegraph poles… So we asked him from the other side of the road: ‘Why?’. He told us that he was preparing the way for the new high-speed internet infrastructure. Installation of this, he suggested, could start in mid-March. As the Eye’s current broadband connection isn’t the speediest, this is good news for us…

The company that’s providing the new system is Toob. https://www.toob.co.uk will tell you more.

Straight up – or not?

We said yesterday that trivial details niggle us. Well, here’s another:

Over the weeks since work re-started on the Portesbery Road construction site near to the junction with the High Street we’ve looked at one particular section of steelwork and wondered. In the end, we’ve concluded we’re right – it isn’t quite vertical. We’ve highlighted it with a green oval around it in our photo; see if you agree.

Nit-picker or an Eye for detail?

We have the sort of mind that finds trivial things niggling. Take the slabs that we’ve photographed in Princess Way. Note how the ‘tactile ridges’ don’t quite line up from one slab to the next. Our initial thought was that the slabs just weren’t made very precisely. But now we reckon that they’re actually near-enough identical, but that they’re not all laid the same way round.

Whatever the reason, that mis-alignment is going to niggle us every time we walk along Princess Way. Heaven only knows, though, when we’ll be doing that again!

Camberley Tandoori – then and now

In about April 2019 we reported that the  Camberley Tandoori building – the one on the London Road – was likely to be turned into flats. More specifically, permission had been granted for the “Erection of a three storey building (with accommodation in the roof) to provide retail and office space at ground floor and residential use on remaining floors comprising 6 no one bed and 4 no two bed flats with associated parking, cycle/bin store and landscaping.”  We showed a picture of the just-closed restaurant.

(Picture taken from http://www.mapstreetview.com)

Towards the end of last year we took a couple of photos of what was, by then, the cleared site. One showed the only thing that remained – a sign on a post in front of the site, and the other which showed the scene behind the hoarding. The building was a pub called The Crown until 2004; sadly, a bit more of Camberley’s history has disappeared.

A stitch in time saves forty nine

We admit it – we’re obsessed with this short stretch of Church Hill. We reckon that the lane near the camera has forty eight patches (there are so many patches that it’s hard to be sure where one starts and the other ends). Surely this is a nonsense? We don’t have hard numbers to back up our belief – but forty eight patches and numerous visits must cost residents more than doing the job properly just once. What’s more, from the look of it, there’ll need to be a forty ninth patch before too long.

We’ll see if we can get a comment from our county councillors.

Is it farewell to Moss Bros?

On our final pre-lockdown wander around the town, we noticed that the Moss Bros shop was looking rather sad. As you can just about see from one of our photos, the clothing on hangers was covered by plastic ‘bags’ with paper labels attached to them. The shop used to have a notice on the door stating the opening hours, but we couldn’t see it anywhere. We very much got the impression that this was the end of the road for the shop.

Not good news – and probably pretty bad news for the staff involved. We wish them all the best.

A30 improvements

The borough council announced yesterday that “Works will start shortly implementing a package of transport improvement measures for the A30 and Camberley town centre highway network to maintain bus reliability, improve accessibility in and around the town centre, and improve peak hour delays on the A30.”

We wrote about the proposed improvements last February and showed what we thought they involved. We’re reproducing much of what we wrote then below.

(What seems to be a minor change since February is that the bus lane removal will extend to Grand Avenue rather than Lower Charles Street. A MAJOR change is that the remaining stretch of bus lane will – on a trial basis – be closed to other traffic all day, every day.

The work is predicted to take eight months. Only fifteen months ago, a larger scheme costing twice as much was predicted to have been completed by the start of 2021…)

The proposals include installing a pedestrian crossing across the north end of Knoll Road, adjusting the A30/Lower Charles Street junction to make it easier for buses to negotiate, and widening the north end of the Frimley Road. We remember that widening the Frimley Road was one of the planning conditions imposed on the developers of the former Duke of York hotel there. This was lifted when the county council agreed that the developers could make a payment to it instead.

Removal of the bus lane further west down the A30 is dependent on changes to the restrictions on parking bays there.

We laugh ironically at the proposed removal of the bus lane between Park Street and Lower Charles Street. This will make life a little more difficult for cyclists. The ‘official’ cycle lane on that stretch of road requires cyclists to dismount while they pass a bus shelter on a narrow length of pavement. So cyclists use the bus lane instead…. Yet one aim is: “To enhance the quality and use of … cycling..”

It’s also a bit ironic that “the proposed improvements will improve traffic flow on the A30”. Yet the borough council’s vision of the future of the A30 in Camberley shows people strolling across it although it’s already a race-track at certain times of day.

More photos that slipped through the net

The memory card in our camera is full. Browsing through it before making some space available, we’ve come across a couple of fairly recent photos that we’ve never shown.

The first photo is of a ‘naked’ lamp-post in the High Street. We took it AFTER all the lamp-posts had been installed and were working. So, why had it become lamp-less? We reckon it was because there had been a bit of an ‘oops’ moment when its light fittings were installed; if you look at our second photo, taken earlier, you’ll see that the upper lamp had a dent on one side.

The lamps are back in place, and there’s no dent now. Aah. We love those lamps!

History brought up to date

We showed these photos of the fomer Job Centre – now Parkgate House – at the top of Park Street while it was being converted into flats.

As you can see, a brick had been removed from the side wall. At the time we wondered why. It’s not unusual for a brick to be cut out of a wall if a building is to be extended – the builder takes it to a brick supplier to make sure that the new bricks match the old. But the external conversion of the building was pretty much complete already in this case.

Anyway, if you walk past that way, you’ll find that the brick is still only loosely in place. AND, you might wonder about the name Parkgate House. Where is the park to which it refers? We reckon that, unlikely though it may seem, it’s actually Watchett’s Park, and not the London Road Recreational Ground.