In town today – on my electrically-assisted bike – to get punctures repaired by the efficient staff at Take Charge Bikes.
Getting there involved crossing the old Homebase car park where l see the new owners have honoured a pedestrian right of way – despite the fact the rest of the site is fenced off.
The developers – Guild Living – are just waiting for planning permission to get down to demolishing the warehouse and erecting up to 288 flats for the over 65s with care facilities.
Their original application – last year – was thrown out because of its scale and design. No doubt – with such a big investment – they will be back with a revised application and hoping for a more sympathetic reception so the heavy machinery already standing by – can get on with demolition work.
Meanwhile, l have to give full marks to a man working for the site agents who took it upon himself to clear up some of the disgusting rubbish littering the graffiti-lined pathway leading into the site and also on to the riverside pathway leading to the Victoria Bridge.
Not far from there a splendid mass of daffodils taking advantage of today’s warm sun.
Meanwhile work continued in Parade Gardens on laying a new floor within the bandstand and – l must point out – while you’ve been free to wander into the gardens over the winter, there is now someone in the kiosk to take your money!
Of course, if you have a Discovery card, you get in for nothing.