A Look at Staines Town Centre

On 20/10/2011, in Blog, Features, Observations, by Michael Oon

In the past few years, the town “Staines” has been the mentioned in the media. Hard-Fi, an indie band had stated that Staines as a Ghost Town. Ali G, a satirical fictional character kept referring to Staines as his home town. With this bout of negative publicity, Staines council members have been considering re-branding their town […]

Elmsleigh Shopping Centre  in Staines

Looking to the outside from the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in Staines

In the past few years, the town “Staines” has been the mentioned in the media. Hard-Fi, an indie band had stated that Staines as a Ghost Town. Ali G, a satirical fictional character kept referring to Staines as his home town. With this bout of negative publicity, Staines council members have been considering re-branding their town as “Staines-upon-Thames”.

I thought that, as I live nearby, have a look at this town. Even though I have lived in this area for the past 30 years, I have never set foot in the town. All the roads seem to pass it.

Staines has been around since the Roman times some 2,000 years ago. Not as a town but as a river crossing. It continued to be a major crossing on the River Thames because of its proximity to Windsor. In the late 20th Century, particularly with the proximity to London’s Heathrow Airport, Staines has become an attractive location to site offices. The town centre grew in the 1980s after the development of the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in 1979.

Staines is not a natural town or a settlement for the simple reason that the energy is not held in that location. The energy is being pulled away by the river (see image below).

Staines Town - energy flow

Energy flow on Staines Town (without any buildings)

The small blue arrows show the flow of the river. The big red arrow shows the energy coming from the river. The big blue arrow shows the energy being pulled away from the town centre by the river. The energy is not allowed to settle in the town centre. This is the natural flow of energy when there are no buildings.

It was the development of the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre that stopped this leakage of the energy. With this came the growth of the town as a shopping area and a busy one it is.

Energy flows through Staines Town.

Energy flows through Staines Town. Areas marked "A" have less energy

The small blue arrows show the flow of the river. The red arrows show the movement of energy from the river to the town centre. The buildings in the town centre hold this energy – hence the prosperity. As soon as you go outside the town centre (areas marked A ) – you will notice that there is no energy and the shops do not do well. This is unlike the town centre and parts of the Elmsleigh Shopping Centre.

Staines is a town of shops coffee shops and fast food. It does not have the night life – clubs or fine dining. The energy is too unsettled for such establishments. These establishments are only present where the energy is settled and usually in real towns or settlements like Guildford.

Related Blogs on Staines

A Look at Staines Town Centre

Elmsleigh Shopping Centre in Staines

Hard-Fi lead singer Richard Archer comments on Staines – Some Observations

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