|Incidental Pictures of Romiley, (Part 9)|
A journey through time and space with a Canon digital camera
57: Bank Holiday Mondaybut should it be if there are no banks?
Romiley officially became bankless in March 2019 when the Royal Bank of Scotland gave up the ghost. In the good old days, the village could boast branches of four major banks, and in the 1980s, when building societies were fashionable (a role now taken by take-out eateries), just about every major building society also had a presence.
The former TSB branch in Romiley
The former Barclays branch in Romiley
The former NatWest branch in Romiley
When the NatWest went, reducing the ATM population to the one at the Royal Bank of Scotland and the ones at Sainsbury's and the Post Office, there were hopes that this was the end of the carnage, given that NatWest and the RBS are parts of the same organization and it could maintain a foothold in Romiley in the smaller RBS building. But this branch, too, was doomed by the bean-counters.
The former RBS branch in Romiley
58: A minor mystery cleared up
What are that pillar box and the anti-ram-raider bollards doing in the shopfront of a Beauty Studio? That's where the Post Office used to be before it was moved into the newsagent's operated by the Patel family in the Precinct.
The former site of the Post Office in Romiley
The current site of the Post Office in Romileyclosed on Easter Monday
59: “Shutters down for Chinese corona”
Welcome to the ghost town! The block to the west of the Stock Dove pub [top picture] was once a thriving community of small businesses with a corner shop, a newsagent, a hairdresser and a butcher. Now, it's just the horizontal skyscraper of the insurance company with an embedded Chinese takeaway; both closed.
Three months on, the ghost town is somewhat less ghostly with shops open again and café at No. 29 serving customers out in the street. But C&C [see Section 59] still has its shutters firmly down.
Stockport council is eager to spent a government grant on traffic calming in Romiley. There are now lots of signs with 20 and 30 on them for new speed zones and the main road has been outfitted with some speed bumps. The ones shown are at the eastern side of the village centre, just before the Stock Dove pub. Crafty motorists who don't want to lift off their accelerator can zoom to the left of the one on the north side of the road if there is nothing parked at the beginning of the on-road parking zone.
Meanwhile, the former home of the NatWest bank has been acquired by a firm which maintains the money theme . . .
61a: A bit later . . .
Open before the end of the lockdown which finished on December 2nd, the new business is doing business.
Some signs make sense, such as the one warning about the risk of becoming stuck under a low bridge by mindlessly following SatNav instructions. The safe spacing reminder also has value. But the one about the road layout is total garbage. The roads in Romiley are exactly the same; apart from the added speed bumps. People in vehicles are safely spaced and people on foot don't form Chinese plague-spreading crowds on roads.
Talking about blown fuses . . .There are also signs about eight feet up some of the black lamp posts at the centre of the village assuring us that there is "ONE Stockport" in various colours. Nothing else is provided in the way of information, and the viewers and people who have paid for the signs are left to make up their own tag lines.
Some news on businesses changing hands or appearance. The former RBS branch is now something called Artisan Alley, which turns out to be a bottle shop & bar & off-licence, just like the one just across the road. Something Romiley was really desperate for. It also has a Rear Garden for customers to park their rear, and a deli, just like the one across the road next door to the bar across the road.
63: They Shall Not Pass
The normally busy bustle of traffic through the village was reduced to a trickle at the weekends to allow work to be done on the bridge at Romiley station. Pedestrians were not required to take a lengthy detour through the back streets to the south of Compstall Road/Stockport road. The north and south pavements under the bridge were kept open on alternate weekends.
|2022/first Sunday in March|
64: Now you see them, now you don’t
Not long after the 'speed cushions' were installed on Compstall Road, they began to vanish. The first to go were the pair just before the bus stop to the east of the junction with Sandy Lane.
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