Wednesday 31 July 2013 10.48am
Yes. Second Hand Bookshop, Coopers, Guys and Dolls, In Shoku, Steve's B&B, and Barbarella's all sold or for sale.
Things change, certainly some of the buildings could do with being repaired and restored, and the businesses updated, but Cooper's is a local institution, affordable, good health food supplies, great food and run by nice people. And the book store was an idiosyncratic gem. Seems a shame - with things going 'upmarket', you'd think this is when Cooper's could hold it's own.
I'm not a fan of the pink and yellow road either. It's anachronistic with the historic character, the road now looks like a town centre circa 1990, rather than one of 'London's oldest and best loved market streets', as described by Waterloo Quarter (who backed the 'regeneration').
It seems a shame a more appropriate scheme, something more like Broadway Market, wasn't encouraged. If they were adamant things had to change, do something that enhanced it's qualities, rather than destroy them. There won't be any Woody Allen filming on the street anymore because of it's 'old London' character. But you will get Mary Portas.
Do other people have opinions on the road surface?
I think it's interesting this commercial rental site has a photoshopped image, extending the now removed cobbles, to make the street look quaint and Victorian.