Keith Parkins | 09.04.2008 13:06 | Social Struggles
KPI bought Farnborough town centre at least ten years ago. They have driven out of town most of the retailers. The few that remain, only remain by firing staff to cut down their losses.
Last summer, the northern half of the town was demolished. Three people were almost killed, the town centre covered in asbestos contaminated dust.
Since then a derelict demolition site has been left.
Within the last few weeks, gaudy hoardings have been erected showing a ghastly parade of shops, all seemingly High Street names.
In your dreams has been the reaction of most people.
But all is not what it seems.
The developer has been passing off, giving the false impression of the retailers who are coming to Farnborough.
A close inspection of the gaudy hoardings shows such well known names as River Land, Now Look, VHM, Starlucks Coffe, Ernest Joans. The look and feel, the colours and the logo is exactly as the real thing.
At least it shows KPI in their true colours as a bunch of con merchants. They have made themselves a laughing stock.
What the town will get, assuming any redevelopment ever takes place is a large superstore facing out of the town. Firgrove Court, small estate of social housing, to be destroyed, the tenants kicked out of their homes, to make way for a car park for the unwanted superstore.