One of the UK’s big supermarket chains has left this street in a town in Kent in a state of blight for at least 10 years whilst it decides when and how to build a new supermarket.
Putting up some large notices thanking people for their patience looks like taking-the-piss to me, and seems to merely emphasize how little they seem to care about the effect their re-development (I will not call it regeneration) has had on the people of this town. At the very least it is rude and discourteous, and it is a shame that the local authority has let them get away with this blight for so long. If a gang of youths were causing this distress they would be on an anti-social behavior charge – surely blight is just as anti-social?
I also thought we had learnt many years ago (from the 1950s and 1960s) about the dangers and unacceptability of blight as part of the re-development process. It seems not.
I can’t wait to see how they finally deliver their development: will we get an active frontage on this street, or will it be half-a-mile of blank wall?