When Cranleigh councillors joined forces with a gang of local developers to provide the new town’s high street with more footfall, we doubt they ever envisaged that residents might be forced to shop elsewhere.
With HGV’s thundering through its High Street, and approach roads and residential roads witnessing volumes of traffic previously unheard of, the thud of shops doors closing for the last time is deafening. It is now becoming all too common as struggling retailers give up the fight to stay in business. They include:
Here’s another one.
- National Westminster Bank and its ATM machine – GONE!
- Barclays Bank – GOING
- HSBC Gone
- Santander – GONE!
- Customers – GONE to Horsham or Godalming?
- Ruby & Kind – GONE.
- Magdalena’s Tea Rooms – GONE!
- Raffles Bakery – GONE!
- Bones Interiors – GONE!
- Ask Italian Restaurant – GONE!
- 137 Restaurant – GONE!
- Cranleigh Cycle Shop – GONE!
- Timothy Pearson Hairdressers – Going…Going… Gone?
- The Lemon Tree – GOING!
- Carolyn Lodge Travel – GOING soon!
- Barclays Bank – GOING in October!
- Even the charity shops are closing! Cranleigh Nursing Home shop. Gone!
- Too many small businesses to mention on the Smithbrook Kilns Industrial Estate – where now dozens of small shop units have or are being converted, into – yes you guessed flats.
- And The Smithbrook Forge Barns.
- Wayahead – Going to another site off the High Street?
- Plus numerous vacant offices in the High Street, Rowland Road, Collins Court and elsewhere all seeking planning permission for residential use.
Ran out of space – suffice to say more going!
Perhaps all those Waverley borough councillors who permitted over 1,700 new homes to be built there – were right when they used the soliloquy – “Poor Old Cranleigh!”
Here’s what just a few residents are saying- about the Cranleigh New Town building site! Others have contacted the WW saying, although they want to remain loyal, they are shopping in nearby Horsham when they go to the BANK!