Well, not really...
For a start it doesn't have the same quality of building on it, no really impressive Tudor or Georgian builds, just stuff on a much smaller scale. Also, one end of the street has got some nasty modern slabs on it, well, this is inevitable, every town has these.
Like many towns, the issue is one of the sort of shops we have, and the sort of frontage design they have. It was never the poshest street in town, but you had a variety of shops, and the design wasn't too shocking.
Now we have two nail bars (and another directly round the corner), two e-cig shops, a bookies, a card shop, two charity shops, and various empty ones with forlorn looking "to let" signs bolted on. One of the nail bars in particular has a frontage so horrific it would be deemed "unclassy" by the ape creatures on TOWIE.
I suppose this is happening everywhere as the internet reduces the need for specialist shops, and faddy quick start businesses move in. But really, can you please make them conform to some kind of vaguely classy frontage design. A neon sign saying "Nails" really really isn't.
All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 22.04.16
|First e-cig shop. Used to be a tiny book shop. Note empty shop on right.|
|We only have about 64 card shops in town|
|The aforementioned atrocity|
|Bookies. We have loads of these as well now. They tend to go alongside deprivation.|
|They've gone a bit posh, there was a £3,000 watch in the window the other day|
|Another nail bar|
|Beacon of sanity|
|Looking back down 100 metres of street.|