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Shurgard, South Ruislip
A fitting new entry to the top 10 landmarks of Ruislip. Situated in what was Booker Cash and Carry in South Ruislip (well most of it, the other bit was knocked down) this lighthouse was built in 2002.
Most, if not all, branches of Shurgard have a lighthouse so it is by no means
unique within the scheme of things, but I think it is Ruislip's only folly, a
long time coming but well worth the wait, for it is a fine one.
Or is it Ruislip's only folly? Does it have another one? The super-loo in Ruislip High Street.
The super loo was put up by the council adjacent to churchyard in the High
Street amid local protests. It was erected at a time when the council did not
need planning permission to build things itself on its own land. So they just
railroaded it through. Then somebody said that this rule was incorrect and
councils should apply for such planning permission, and retrospectively for
items already built. So the council applied to itself for retrospective planning
permission for the loo it put up and it turned itself down! Oh
how we laughed at the absurdity of it all. The motion was later passed (sorry).
Of course the large blue sign with a P on it pointing towards the toilet just adds to the overall fun of it.