November 2018

2 November

On Your Marks, Set, Go!

Update, 1 December (!): Very interesting article (and comments) in The Echo.

Today was chilly but sunny, and Christchurch was busy. There were lots of stalls in Saxon Square, and then – surprise, surprise – Anytime Fitness are well under way with their preparation for the opening of their new 24-hour gym, above what was Priory Sports at the corner.

As you can see above, the doors are open and three staff, including James, the manager, were there to welcome potential clients, or just have chat with anyone who wanted to see what was going on. They were all very welcoming, and though there is still a lot of work to do, they were clearly excited by the project

Inside there were three different pieces of apparatus set up, and people were welcome to try them, under careful supervision of course.

Fitness apparatus AND posh chairs! Click for a larger version

Finally, here is their card showing important details. Click the image to go to the Christchurch page of their website – the rest of the site, including other branches, can be viewed by using the menu on that page.

Click this image to go to their website

Update, 4 December

A lot of preparation under way, involving workmen, saws and dust!

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6 November

Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow … 

Creeps in that petty pace!

For some time now there have been two separate barriers across the road outside the Meteor Centre, so today I had a close look:

Meteor Centre Christchurch

Another ubiquitous plastic cup!

Meteor Centre Christchurch

I expected a hole in a least one of them, but the only items actually present are a couple of pieces of fast-food litter on still-pristine road. Perhaps they are new waste bins, as all except one have been removed from the Meteor Centre!

Finally, it can’t even be used as a pelican crossing, though the gap in the middle is a handy refuge, of identical function to the old one!

Meteor Centre Christchurch

Here is something from October about this crossing, with a Streetview picture.

And here is something else, from September! They appear to be finished.

A final picture to show how hard they worked.

29 November: Echo article about it. They don’t know what’s happening, either!

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7 November

Even Better This time

Yesterday, as I was on my way to photograph the road works (see above) I passed ‘the’ garden once more. The owner is still obviously working hard, the poppies look great, and it was good that a passer-by stopped to express his admiration too!

Click for a larger picture – roughly 1Mb. Opens in a new window

And here is is exactly a month ago. Click the picture to go to the original article.


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18 November

Now You See It, Soon You Won’t!

Over the last couple of days these ‘fine’ buildings are being prepared for demolition. The hoardings are on the way to completion. This is what they look like now.

This is what they will look like on completion. Click the small image for a much larger one, which will open in a new window.

See the full documentation on the Christchurch BC website.

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22 November

Christmas is Coming

It was a festive surprise in Saxon Square this morning. There were more works there, with part of the square cordoned off. Don’t panic, though. It wasn’t another accompaniment to the Spur Road Works, but only very short-term for workmen (or should it be workpersons?!) to put the decorations up.Christmas in ChristchurchThey were soon finished, though:

Click for a larger version

The High Street is also being prepared. Don’t forget, these will be switched on at 6pm on Saturday. They look good now, and should be fantastic when they are lit.

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30 November

Zig-Zag and Thatch

The zig zag path rebuilding is under way. It is a large project, as the header picture shows. The picture below is the view from the promenade, and the one below that is of the excavation of the path, taken from the beach.

Zig zag path, Highcliffe

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Zig zag path, Highcliffe

Not much to see from the Highcliffe Castle grounds

Unfortunately, though there is supposed to be a board showing a timetable and the progress, I could not see it. However, there is a lengthy article on this site about the ‘history’ of the project. This link opens in a new window.

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You may also remember an item about the forthcoming demotion and building of apartments at 169 Lymington Road, in Highcliffe (link also opens in a new window).

Perhaps sadly, this project also involves the thatched house at number 167.

167 Lymington Road

167 Lymington Road

Not quite as impressive inside!

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