The centre is bright and pleasant but what’s on offer is miserable. Pound shops, phone shops and a few well known names. Hardly inspiring.
But a huge open space like this is such a visible reminder that retail is being hammered that you might think an arts group might make use of it the way Jelly did in Reading at the old Cafe Gardino space in The Oracle. It brings family groups to the centre. Here there is just a marked lack of people.
They are all outside picking up late bargains as the street market closes. So maybe Maidenhead could learn from Reading but with such an awful market ourselves, Reading might just learn a bit from Maidenhead.