A yellow notice appeared in the former Stacks hardware shop in the High Street over three weeks ago. But we’ve not managed to show it before.
Though the notice says ‘catering use’, from a planning perspective this could be changed. The shop used to be occupied by Moss Bros, after all, so the local authority would almost certainly allow a change of use. (You’ll remember that, three years ago, when Stacks closed, a notice appeared in the window saying that the new tenant would be WokandGo. This obviously never happened and the building behind the facade is now completely new.)
You probably remember ‘Off the Grid’ – the ‘pop-up-shop’ near the entrance to Grace Reynolds Walk that was open during the Christmas period. Well, it closed after Christmas, of course. But work is now underway in the shop so, with luck, there’s a new tenant on their way.
It seems that the traffic lights for the pedestrian crossings in Knoll Road and opposite the station are being replaced. Minor queues built up during the day yesterday as a result. Our guess is that the work won’t have been finished by today, so allow an extra minute or two if you’re driving in town.
Those with long memories may remember that this shop at the top of the High Street used to be Gieves and Hawkes – the gentleman’s tailors. (Surely we’re not old enough to have been measured for a suit there once??) Anyway, building work of some sort is going on inside; anyone prepared to ‘snoop’ can see that there are bags of cement on the floor. But we don’t know more, so it’s a case of ‘watch this space’.
Earlier today, we asked: ‘Could you read the yellow notice on the back of this county council vehicle without getting close to it?’ Well, as the second photo below shows, the notice advises you to keep your distance!
Could you read the yellow notice on the back of this county council vehicle without getting close to it? We’ll reveal what it says later…
We puzzle over this display and its statement: ‘Camberley Be Inspired’. Is ‘living’ much of a boast – what’s the alternative?? (Of course, the whole text is just buzz words, not to be taken seriously. The problem is that the Eye doesn’t like fluffy jargon. We prefer plain English.)
In fact, Big Brother might have been operating near the top of the High Street for quite a while, but we’ve only just noticed that a CCTV camera has now been installed on the top of the new post by the junction with Obelisk Way. Presumably this replaces the camera that used to be on the corner of ‘Bensons for Beds’.
(Yes the clouds really were as ominous as they appear in the photos!)
Flower baskets made their usual appearance around the town a few weeks ago. The display is a little disappointing this year – the large ‘planters’ that have graced Princess Way in the past are missing. We guess this is because the major revamp of the walkway should be starting fairly soon.
We recently reported that the council will be removing the canopies in Princess Way. We fully agree that they’re from another era – but they are quite useful when it rains. Maybe the council staff who planned the change should get out more often….
Of course, the council might be planning to install a more modern roof, perhaps as used in the Atrium. But the council doesn’t seem to trust us with much information, so we’re simply assuming the worst. (The council does play its cards close to its corporate chest – we just have to pay the bill.)
The proposal to remove the canopies will be considered at the next planning applications committee meeting. It’s a foregone conclusion, we imagine.