Category Archives: building work

What are those steel beams for?

Wharf Wall Repairs to happen
Yesterday morning a lorry brought steel beams and transferred them onto a barge at Wilsham Road in Abingdon.
Wharf Wall Repairs to happen
They ended up at Abingdon Lock. You may still be wondering  ‘What are those steel beams for?’
Wharf Wall Repairs to happen
An Environment Agency notice has a full explanation. A new steel structure is to replace the timber boat layby. There is also going to be a canoe portage.
Wharf Wall Repairs to happen
This is the old timber layby. The timbers are now broken up – discarded.

Wootton Road tree cutting and archaeological surveys

Wootton Road Tree Cutting and Archaeology
A couple of weeks ago there was a report on this blog about some contractors opening up access to the new development of 200 dwellings alongside the Wootton Road. Their orange digger can be seen in the background of this picture. In the foreground, in the Circus Field, a yellow digger is making ditches – probably for archaeology reports.
Wootton Road Tree Cutting and Archaeology
Meanwhile a lot of the trees, that have been a feature of the Wootton Road entrance into Abingdon, are being cut down.
Wootton Road Tree Cutting and ArchaeologyLooking at the access design plans (https://data.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/java/support/Main.jsp?MODULE=ApplicationDetails&REF=P20/V2254/DIS#exactline) it can be seen that about half the trees were planned to be removed.

The existing entrance to the field has already been built up and will be used until a new entrance is built at the place where most of the trees have been removed.

Follow the Pied Piper

Pied Piper
This picture shows the corner of Broad Street and Queen Street on this wet and windy Sunday morning. It shows the tall side of Peacocks – previously the Somerfield / Co-op supermarket.
Pied Piper
The Pied Piper restaurant was on this site – run by Mr and Mrs Gough. They served coffee and cakes and cream teas in the early 1960s. It is a matter of regret that such a fine building was demolished.
Pied Piper
This post card (printed for S & S Stationery Co Ltd., Oxford) shows the beamed interior. The previous picture came from Abingdon and surrounding areas facts and history on Facebook. I don’t know where they got it.

Peacocks are to close. Time will tell, what will follow.

Fairacres Retail Park (Phase 2) – more details released

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Andy sent me a link to a change to the Fairacres Retail Park (Phase 2) planning application (Reference: P20/V2608/FUL). The developers are asking that the first 2 units be allowed to open in March 2021, before work is completed on the service and car park for the remaining 3 units – they would open in August 2021.
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The hoardings are down at the front of the redevelopment, and work is beginning on the service and car park area.

Before redevelopment, this part of the retail park contained: Homebase, Topps Tiles, AHF and Vineys. Topps Tiles have moved nearby to Colwell Drive. Vineys moved in with parent company Lee Longlands.

After redevelopment, Lidl was known to be taking the first unit. According to the change to the planning application, the second unit would be split between a gym and a Costa, and the last 3 units could be taken by the same company – if agreement is reached.