Construction has continued on Phase 2 of the Fairacres Retail Park. The structure is in place and cladding is being added in July.
The largest unit will be a Lidl – a German international discount supermarket chain who are Big on Quality – Lidl on Price. There are four other units up for grabs.
Traffic roundabouts in Abingdon have gone a bit wild during the Coronavirus pandemic, but one of the many businesses off this particular roundabout (Tesco, Hilton Garden Hotel, Miele, …. Lidl) could choose to tame this one, and have their sign added for publicity purposes.
Before and during the lockdown there has been work on improvements to the Conduit Centre next to Trinity Church. The hall is used by many community groups, and the intention is to make it more accessible.
Work did stop at times when it was difficult to get materials, but the Conduit entrance hall and toilets are now almost complete.
The gardens at Trinity are looked after by volunteers gardeners.
There has not been a lot of building work at the front of the new Ock Street retirement flats during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
What has changed during that time is people’s perceptions of what they value. Our town centre garden may be small but it has been a blessing during the sunny days when we were staying at home. The parks and green spaces around Abingdon town centre were another blessing.
The Fairacres Phase 2 development has continued during the lockdown and most of the metal structure is now in place.
Lidl are coming but I have not heard what businesses will follow.
The long term impact of the pandemic on businesses is unknown. In the short term there will be a greater need for social distancing in stores. Online shopping, and click and collect became more important during the lockdown.
PPE has become an everyday term. The advice on wearing face masks and coverings has changed. PPE allows trades people to work in people’s houses, and will be a way to open up smaller businesses. Face coverings will become compulsory for people using public transport in England from Monday 15 June. More and more people are wearing face coverings in Waitrose.
Paul Smith’s thought for today is Black Lives Matter … https://www.abingdon-st-helens.org.uk/TFTD/Paul_Smith_2020_06_09_TFTD.mp3.