A SHOP front that has sat derelict and become an eyesore in the centre of Woking is to be tidied up following a request from a local councillor.
At a meeting of Woking Borough Council on Thursday last week (14 April), Conservative Councillor Carl Thomson, who represents Mount Hermon East, asked local authority officers to take action and clear up the area around the old Blockbuster Video shop, which sits on the junction between Guildford Road and Station Approach.
Blockbuster went into administration in 2013, and since then its Woking branch has been empty, with cars often parked across the pavement, rubbish strewn outside the premises, and crash barriers left resting against the shop’s empty windows.
Responding to the request, Council Leader John Kingsbury said: “Officers have been in contact with Curchod & Co, who are marketing the premises, and asked for an effective management regime to be put in place.
“There is some confidence that the premises will be occupied soon, which should resolve the issue permanently, and we have asked that Serco (the council’s environmental partners) also assist with litter picking in the interim.
“Any vehicles parked on the public highway would receive enforcement action as part of our normal parking patrols.”
Cllr Thomson went on to explain that the site represents a prime piece of real estate in Woking’s ever-changing town centre landscape, and was thankful for the promise of action from the council.
He is hopeful that the property will be occupied sooner rather than later, and insists that life can be breathed back into the abandoned space.
Speaking to the News & Mail, he said: “The retail premises along Guildford Road form a key part of the entry to Woking from the south of the borough and it’s a shame that for the last few years this strategically placed location has become an eyesore.
Over the longer term we need to see better quality development in this part of Woking, but in the meantime I think it’s great that the area is going to receive a bit more care and attention from the council.”