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David Chesneau, 1st July 2013

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TK-Maxx, pumping concrete

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Construction work preparing for the new TK-Maxx store seems to be moving fast.

P1040248bP1040249bBut no doubt, there’ll still be a lot of work fitting out the building once it’s structurally complete.

New dentist in the High Street making progress

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We drafted this post a few days ago, and wrote that “work on the premises for the new dentist in the High Street strikes us as progressing quite slowly.”

P1040214But we take it back.  This is what the building looks like now:

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Flowers brightening the town

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We’re not the first to comment on the improvement that flowers make to the appearance of the town.  But we like the effect, all the same!

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Once more it’s not easy to take a photograph – we don’t like including identifiable people if we can avoid it.  But you can just make out something important in this second photograph – yellow ribbons.

Flowers

You can find out more about their significance here.

(‘Collectively Camberley’ arranged for the flower baskets – it’s good to see the organisation taking a more visible role.)

Next Home and Garden – opening soon

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A few posts ago we said that we’d try to take a few photos of the new Next store on the A30 – where Homebase used to be.

The site is actually quite difficult to photograph;  it’s surrounded by hoardings and security fencing.  But here are a few pictures – including one showing the planting that’s being carried out on the corner of the site.  (Looks like pots of ivy are being given a permanent home.)  It’s a big store!

Update – we’ve been told (thanks, Donna, for the information) that Next is opening at 10.00am on 4th July.  Amazing.  These photos are only a few days old and it looks as if there was still a fair amount of work to be done.

Benetton now colo(u)rless

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We’ve previously mentioned that the former Benetton shop in Park Street is being fitted out for Glo hairdressers.  The old shop sign has now disappeared, so things are moving fast.P1040208

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Cash Zone on the A30 is closing down

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Cash Zone is closing down.

P1040223P1040227Does this mean that the residents of Camberley aren’t hard up any longer?  In which case, in a way it’s a good sign.  Or, it simply that the CeX shop in Princess Way is taking much of the used electronic goods business?

The former Homebase/the future Next site

One of our readers has made some interesting comments about the former Homebase site on the A30.  We’re reproducing them here, as food for thought:

“I would urge the developer to expose elements of the Wish Stream [which flows underground through the site] and add a little back to counter the sprawling and faceless development of the Camberley environs. Given the net worth of the site to Next and that this is likely to be with us for 20+ years now is the time that the conscience and moral compass of our elected council must ensure a balance between development and environment and appearance.”

“Building on my previous comment. It is never too late for a council to make a difference. Perhaps the council can strive to link these developments into the Camberley ‘brand’ and make our town somewhere where people want to come and the town centre can benefit from the draw of the out of town facility. Ever thought of free hop on hop off bus from m&s and next site into town. Exploit the opportunity presented I say, whilst improving how our town looks through forcing the developer to expose our hidden countryside changing how Camberley is perceived by visitors concurrently. Lets face it people are only going to come to shop and trade – it is one of our few strengths so exploit it for the benefit of all but we need to have faith that the council and their commercial partners align such activity to the broader plan and a true vision that will benefit us all.”

P1030259b(Sorry, this is an old photo of construction on the site.  We’ll post an up-to-date one – or perhaps two – soonest…)

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Duke of York – two months without hearing from the borough council?

Regular followers will know that a number of residents’ representatives dislike the appearance of the flats proposed for the site of the former Duke of York.

Duke of York elevationWe met with the council’s case officer a couple of months ago, when we asked if he could arrange a meeting with the developers so that we could discuss our concerns.  A month later, as we were unable to trace any follow-up message from the case officer, we wrote to him:

“Dear xxxxx

You’ll remember that you met with several residents’ representatives some weeks ago in the council offices to discuss the above planning application.  At the time, you kindly agreed to try to arrange a meeting involving us, yourself and the applicant.

Since then, I don’t think any of the representatives have heard from you about progress.  Could you update me on the latest position, please?

Many thanks….”

A further month has passed.  We’ve checked our spam filters but we still can’t find any message from the council.  It’s a shame, because informal discussions can save a lot of time, money and hassle later on.  We could say more……

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