Are you impressed by the Brunel Centre’s new canopies? Does the town centre look transformed? I’d be amazed if anyone — apart from Mr Beaumont-Jones, the centre’s director — answered ‘yes’ to either of those questions, but that is was the aforementioned Mr Beaumont-Jones claimed the new canopies would do. In appearance the new canopies are a definite improvement; in their ability to protect shoppers from the rain, they are virtually useless. A definite victory for style over purpose.