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Planning permission submitted for a new restaurant and take-away on Whitley Street

Whitley Street

Whitley Street 25 June 2018

A planning application has been submitted for a change of use of the former Loans 2 Go and HSBC premises at 81 Whitley Street to a restaurant and hot food takeaway.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take three

Coconut ice cream

We have enjoyed three takeaway Sunday lunches from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown. This is becoming a habit! Pau Brasil also now has a website and online shop.

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Bin collections start at 6 am for the forseeable future

Rubbish truck (Huma Jehan)

Rubbish truck

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are starting their bin collections at 6am each day until further notice. Up here on Katesgrove Hill that will start from tomorrow with our grey bin.

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Legislation allowing virtual council meetings comes in to force on 4 April

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave by Jan Saenredam 1604

The legislation that will allow Reading Borough Council (RBC), to hold virtual meetings during the coronavirus epidemic comes in to force today, 4 April. Meetings can now be held by video or telephone conference. The regulations will remain in force until 7 May 2021.

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Waterfest cancelled because of Coronavirus

Waterfest 2019

Many spring and summer events are being cancelled or postponed in Reading to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Reading Borough Council have published a list of some spring and summer events, such as Waterfest in June, which have been affected.

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Sterling Square on Silver Street

Thomas Homes on Silver Street 26 March 2020

Thomas Homes on Silver Street on 26 March 2020

Sterling Square, on the corner of Silver Street and Crown Street in Katesgrove, has been steadily going up over the past three years. We have observed the progress on the beautifully tidy Thomas Homes site.

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Fidget and Bob on Kennet Island: not just on the way to the Madejski

Fidget & Bob at Kennet Island

Fidget & Bob behind the Kennet Island water feature

Unlike some of our fellow Whitley Pump contributors, we have been a bit slow to visit Fidget & Bob at Kennet Plaza. It is on one of several possible routes to or from the Madejksi Stadium and we have usually rushed past in the blur of getting to the game on time. It was time to drop by; we need our local businesses more than ever in these times of social distancing and lockdown.

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A history of the Woodley Arms

Woodley Arms - February 2019

Woodley Arms – February 2019

The Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street closed in 2012 and now looks sad, abandoned and derelict as it awaits demolition. The public house was built as part of the redevelopment of Spring Gardens in the 1970s and was the pub’s third incarnation.

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Katesgrove parks are open but play areas are closed

Aveley Walk play area

Aveley Walk play area

On 23 March, the Government announced additional measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The steps included the closure of communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms. Katesgrove’s play areas are now closed.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about the new coronavirus bill

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, spoke in the debate on the Coronavirus Bill on 23 March. The bill sets out the Government’s emergency powers to manage the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom.

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Urgent meeting of RBC policy committee 24 March at 5pm

Reading Borough Council is closed

Reading Borough Council is closed

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will hold an urgent meeting of the policy committee this evening, 24 March, at 5pm. The first item on the agenda is the RBC response to the coronavirus epidemic. This includes proposals for the organisation of meetings and decision making at the council in the current situation.

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Social distancing day 6: take-away feijoada from Pau Brasil

Feiojada served

Feijoada

The Pau Brasil café on Mount Pleasant, Reading, now offers a take-away food and coffee service for collection. They no longer provide a sit-down service as the Government has instructed restaurants to close because of the coronavirus epidemic. The Whitley Pump tried a take-away feijoada for Sunday lunch.

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Not another Woodley Arms planning application!

One day all of this could be two blocks of student accommodation

Lainston Woodley Arms LLP (LWA) have submitted yet another planning application for the Woodley Arms site. This is an amendment to the approved application to build two blocks comprising 38 units of student accommodation. The proposal would enlarge the footprint of block 2 and reconfigure the accommodation in each block without increasing the number of units.

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Social distancing day 5: In the garden

Whitley Pump correspondents enjoying their garden

Whitley Pump correspondents enjoying their garden

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 22 March.

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Twinned with the Whitley Pump – St John’s Conduit, Bristol

St John's Conduit and urban art

St John’s Conduit and urban art

St John’s Conduit on the side of the church on Nelson Street has recently been restored. The conduit dates from the fourteenth century and is part of Bristol’s extensive medieval water system.

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Social distancing day 4: a visit to Waterloo Meadows

Waterloo Meadows

Waterloo Meadows

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 21 March.

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Social distancing day 3: The Harris Garden

Footpath Harris Garden

A footpath through the Harris Garden

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 20 March.

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Reading Borough Council coronavirus updates

Reading Borough Crest

Reading Borough Crest

Reading Borough Council has a web page dedicated to changes to their services during the coronavirus epidemic. The civic offices are now closed to the public except if you have an appointment to register a birth or death. If you need to contact the council, then do so online or by phoning them on 0118 937 3787.

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Social distancing day 2: English Heritage free-to-enter sites

A Roman wall at Silchester

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 19 March.

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Social Distancing Day 1: a walk to Fobney Island

Fobney Island Wetland Nature Reserve

On 23 March the Government published stricter guidance on staying at home and away from others that superseded the advice in place at the time of writing on 18 March.

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