Mixed feelings

We couldn’t make up our mind the other day, when we found that the pavement was obstructed in the High Street, tempting pedestrians to walk in the roadway. Clearly not an ideal situation. On the other had, the barriers were there because the roof was being re-tiled, and it made sense to stop people walking too closely. Which was the lesser evil? (And what are the ‘regulations’ relating to construction work and the pavement?)

Anyway, as our next two photos show, the retiling is now complete – in spite of the lousy weather! – so our quandary is history.

Calling Sainsbury’s!

If you’re looking for some missing shopping trolleys, you’ll find them inside the station building. We don’t know whether they have a platform ticket, but they’ve been there a while. They’re just peeping out of the window in our first photo.

Our second photo shows the location a bit more clearly. It also shows some of the reinforcing bars indecently displaying themselves in the concrete of the former Accent building. The building has been empty for, we guess, a couple of years, and planning permission was granted in principle for its demolition about eighteen months ago. We can’t wait – especially if, in the process, it accidentally falls on the station while the latter is closed!

Council’s top priority project postponed indefinitely

About four weeks ago we repeated the announcement that SHBC was ‘recruiting a design team for a temporary public space on part of a larger development site being cleared for a £200 million scheme’. We speculated that the site was the London Road Block, and that the council didn’t know what to do with it.

Anyway, yesterday there was a discussion on the Eye’s Facebook page which assumed that the development scheme – and timetable – publicised in 2019 was still going ahead. So it’s time, sadly, to put a nail in that particular coffin. Towards the end of last November, it was written that “SHBC has decided not to proceed with the Project. This is due to a number of factors. primarily, however the current economic uncertainty as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the potentially significant structural changes to the uses of town centres has called into question the entire premise for the proposed development, and the best way to meet the challenges faced.” So, some twenty years after the council first mooted the possibility of redeveloping the area, we’re no further forward.

But, what really frustrates us today is that we’ve found no mention of the project’s cancellation in the ‘News’ section of the council’s website. Similarly, we haven’t found any mention on the council’s ‘Camberleybeinspired’ website. Or on the council’s Facebook page. So residents apparently have been kept in the dark about the fate of what was the council’s number one priority – the redevelopment of the London Road Block. We wish we were surprised by this. But we’ve never accused the council of devoting too much time to open and honest communication, so we’re not.

(Do ALL the councillors know that the project has been abandoned? If so, we’re surprised that the decision hasn’t been publicised more widely.)

Oh dear, oh dear

If you thought that the A30 frontage didn’t do Camberley any favours, then what do you think about the back of some of the buildings concerned?

It’s a fair bet that, having bought these properties, the council doesn’t really know what to do with the site. To some extent, it’s been the victim of circumstances. But it’s also a victim of its own inertia, which has blighted the area for twenty years.

Clock this!

As far as we are aware, there are two local Rotary Clubs. One of which is called – unsurprisingly – The Rotary Club of Camberley.

Just before Christmas, we noticed this clock had appeared in Main Square. Maybe we’ve missed one, but we’ve not seen any explanation about its presence. It seems pretty clear, though, that the Rotary Club of Camberley was responsible.

Can anyone tell us more?