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Southampton Street’s Red Lion Pub reopens as Kobanî House

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobani House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobanî House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

The former Red Lion pub on Southampton Street has gained a new lease of life as a social and political space. The new occupiers have re-named the building ‘Kobanî House’ after the city in Rojava province in northern Syria, and they hosted their first open-mic night on 7 November, featuring music from Kurdistan.

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Red Lion on Southampton Street will be replaced by flats

Red Lion, Southampton Street

At the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee on Wednesday 6 March, councillors approved plans to demolish the Red Lion public house and the small cottage next door and build a four-storey block of 11 flats on the site.

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Decision on Red Lion demolition and redevelopment deferred

Red Lion & 38 Southampton Street

Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning committee on Wednesday 6 February deferred making a decision on the application (181117) to demolish the Red Lion public house on Southampton Street until the next meeting.

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Plans to demolish the Red Lion public house and replace with flats

Red Lion Southampton Street – the pub was withdrawn from sale in advance of the advertised auction

Property developers MacNiven Quays have submitted a planning application to demolish Red Lion public house on Southampton Street, as well as the house next door to it, and replace them both with a four-storey block of flats.

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Red Lion pub will be auctioned on 8 May

The Red Lion on Southampton Street in Katesgrove will be put up for auction on 8 May 2017 by agents Lambert Smith Hampton.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 8 February

Red Lion January 2020

There were eight new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Review of 2019 at the Whitley Pump

The MERL’s new yarn bomb

Thank you to all our readers and regular and occasional contributors for making it a wonderful year on Katesgrove Hill. We hope that you continue to enjoy reading or contributing to the Whitley Pump in 2020.

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Kobanî House lives to fight another day

Kobani House celebrates the dismissal of IPO at Reading County Court

Kobanî House celebrates the dismissal of the IPO

The owners of the former Red Lion pub on Southampton Street, renamed Kobanî House by its new occupants, have failed in their first attempt to evict the building’s residents. Reading County Court dismissed the application for an interim possession order (IPO) on 3 December because the landlord had not followed the correct service procedure.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 16 November

There were 11 new planning  applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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26-28 Southampton Street properties up for auction again

26 – 28 Southampton Street are to be sold by the auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton on 16 October 2017.

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Southampton Street properties to be auctioned

26 – 28 and 38 Southampton Street are to be sold by the auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton on 17 July 2017.

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Roadworks on Southampton Street from 1 June

Road works

Southern Electric are planning two roadworks on Southampton Street between 1 June and 5 June. One will be near the Red Lion Pub and the other at the Alpine Street junction.

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Katesgrove, the urban village

Early in 1980 I wanted to move from Maidenhead to Reading, where houses were cheaper. I contacted an estate agent and one Saturday in May I collected details of four properties, three of which were in Katesgrove. After the usual laborious process of house purchase, I moved to Sherman Road in October 1980. By 2015 more than half my life had been spent at this address.

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