Change of Scene at the Crossroads

“The centre of the village has undergone another alteration with the demolition of number 2 Skinners Lane. Some concern was expressed by local people that the house, that has overlooked the shopping area for many years, might be of some historic importance. Enquiries at the County Archaeology and Historic Buildings section produced the response that ‘… before permission to demolish was given, a site survey was carried out to check its importance as an old building. It was noted that the building was of common construction with no real merit.’ The temporary building on the corner of the junction, occupied by Galleywood Kitchens, was also taken down and the firm now occupies the new building erected on the site.
The name sign, spanning the front of the new building, provoked some adverse local comment when it first appeared. The feeling was that this was over large and obtrusive led to an investigation of the plans for the development and although the sign was found to be larger than originally proposed, it still fell within the planning rules. There was general agreement, however, that the refurbishment of the site had made the area safer for pedestrians.”