We were walking in front of Wetherspoon’s Claude du Vall in the High Street just yesterday, when we thought there was something different about the signage. We didn’t remember it being quite so functional before. Surely this wasn’t going to be the ‘new look’?
Anyway, we spotted in the corner in small text the words ‘Temporary sign’. So that’s ok. We’ve always rather liked the sign that hangs in front of the restaurant – it deserves more prominence. With luck, whatever replaces the temporary signs will have a similar appeal.
Matt has sent us this photo of one of the barriers at the entrance to the High Street. It’s only few days since the barriers featured – undamaged – in the Eye, but now, as you can see, one has now been dealt a pretty severe blow. We guess that either it was hit by a speeding car, or a goods vehicle backed into it. (But why a goods vehicle would be backing there, we can’t imagine.)
We think the new business lounge in Park Street was supposed to be opened by now. Perhaps it is – there’s obviously a lot going on inside. But the last time we walked by, the doors were still saying ‘Coming Soon’.
(Are we alone in wishing that it said that it was a facility for co-working rather than for coworking? The latter rather reminds us of a milking parlour…)
The good news is that serious demolition work started on the derelict Bensons for Beds building in the High Street a little while ago. The bad news is that it seems to have stopped now that the roof and top floor have been removed.
We’re a bit puzzled by the logic of redevelopers. You’ll have noticed that the former Cambridge Hotel is now just a facade; the rest of the building has gone. But nothing further has happened on the site for weeks. So, why spend money on demolition, then stop? We can see why a building might be made uninhabitable to prevent squatters. Is that the reason? Or is it mainly that demolition is carried out when a demolition company is available, and construction then has to wait until a contractor is available to carry out the building work?
You may remember that, just about a week ago, we posted pictures of the barriers used to close the entrance to the High Street. They had not been properly secured – we think they’ve been like that since the street makeover was completed in April.
Well, it’s lucky that we took those photos when we did. Because the barriers were chained to their fixed posts whe we saw them yesterday. What a coincidence!
(It would be churlish to point out that one of the barriers has been chained to the ‘wrong side’ of its post…. That probably doesn’t matter too much.)
This temporary shop sign has appeared over the former Designer Exchange premises at the top of Park Street. We guess it’s another indication that the re-development of the London Road Block is still years away.