Winchester, ancient capital of England and judged best place to live in the UK in 2006!
I want to give those columns a scrub!
I am with Janerowen, they do make it look scruffy. Good luck with piano practise.
You're both right, I hadn't noticed their grubbiness.
I believe the pillars are part of the listed building and can only be cleaned by very specific means the main building is painted every 5 years but they never do the pillars. As the owner of the shop , not the building I will ask about it again to see if there is anything the building owner can do.