A flurry of shops has closed,
or is in the process of closing.
Some say it's because of the new one-way system.
But more likely is the rents. Especially in this deserted arcade: a monstrosity exemplifying the worst of 60's design
They want £47000 p.a. for this shop. No wonder it has stood empty for more than a year.
We were discussing what to do about Abingdon over supper last night. And between us we came up with a non-fatal version of Gears of War; the boys' favourite XBox game. So I guess we are expecting the place to become a massive paint-ball park.
Actually it does sound rather fun (can you tell there are four boys to one girl?).
And more people would come to see us if we were a 50 acre paint-ball site, a bit like those army towns they used to use for urban warfare training.
Can't think that much else is going to revitalise it.
I took all the piccies above last weekend in about a 20 minute burst. From this urban desert, we went to the business park: Argos, Homebase and so on. It was heaving. You had to queue to get on, queue for a parking space and queue in every shop.
There is so much that needs sorting out. This is a really depressing place to live, and I suspect it's a picture repeated up and down the country. And that my friends, is very worrying.
Remember, visit Easily Lead as often as you can to restore your sunny mood and to be cheered on your way.
*Does this mean there is one older, but that as not continuously inhabited? Wha?