Yet again, we’re ranting about the clock on the side of Main Square car park. It’s been wrong for months and months.
We’ve written to the borough council several times before about this. The first reply we received said that the clock was not the responsibility of the council, but of The Mall. This seemed a bit questionable, as the car park is owned by the council. However, we checked with The Mall – and then contacted the council again to tell them that they were wrong. (For the record, we weren’t particularly critical about the misinformation; anyone can make a mistake.)
We eventually received a further reply, saying that the matter had been passed to Parking Services. Now we ARE critical, because three weeks later the clock is still wrong.
So we’ve contacted the council yet again – with a Freedom of Information request – to try to find out WHY the clock has been wrong for so long. This is a ridiculously over-the-top use of a FOI request, but we are genuinely concerned that the council apparently cannot handle a simple matter. The alternative is for us to ignore the situation – which doesn’t seem right either.
It’s sometimes said that pedestrianising Camberley’s High Street would be unworkable because deliveries to those shops that have no rear access would be impossible.
But, where there’s a will there’s a way. Here’s a photograph of deliveries being made in a pedestrianised shopping street. If Stroud can do it, why can’t we?
Road works at the top of Church Hill started just before Christmas, if we remember correctly. It seems that they’re now almost complete, in spite of a late re-appearance of temporary traffic lights. These are there to enable the installation of an ‘anti-skid’ surface on the approaches to the new, not-yet-functioning, pedestrian crossing.
We’ve walked past this sign in Main Square Car Park umpteen times, but never given it a thought.
It’s a simple enough message. The outdoor ramp ahead gets slippery in the rain. To avoid accidents, use the alternative stairs.
Only, there ARE no alternative stairs to the car park ahead…
However, the principle of taking the stairs in wet weather to avoid slipping is a good one. Except that the stairs in the car park itself have a warning notice.
They’re slippery when wet! Shucks, you can’t win.
Two shops in Camberley are – or have just been – having a ‘make-over’,
Harringtons, the sandwich bar in the High Street.
and TopMan in The Mall
The title of this item says it all.
On second thoughts, no, the title doesn’t say it all. It doesn’t convey the fact that the adjacent office block in the Frimley Road appears to be being demolished already. It also doesn’t convey the fact that the proposed three large blocks of flats to be built on the site strike some as gross eyesores . If you aren’t familiar with these flats, click here.
(The link is to an article which mentions a meeting with the borough council. During that meeting residents’ representatives asked the council to arrange a meeting with the developer so that we could discuss options for improving the appearance of the five-storey blocks of flats. So far, we’ve heard nothing further from the council.)
Don’t forget, the cost of parking in Camberley is going up unless enough people ‘sign’ the on-line petition to stop it from happening. Mary Portas says that cheap parking is essential to prevent high streets from deteriorating further. If you agree with her, you can access the petition here. Completing it takes very little time!
It’s always possible that this divan bed was accidentally left on the pavement in Claremont Avenue. But we’re suspiciously-minded and we suspect that someone just dumped it there. It’s been there for days. We need say no more.
This item has a strange title, but it’s simply what happened in Obelisk Way.
The photo above was taken while work was under way outside ‘Cruze’ in Obelisk Way.
The photo above was taken quite recently. Both Cruze and Motion sell menswear, but we don’t know what the connection is – if any – between the two.
by Farnborough is having a £350 million ‘make-over’.
Clearly a threat to Camberley’s (tired and traffic-bound) High Street. Perhaps ‘someone’ should be sitting up in Surrey Heath and taking notice.