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Decking over the IDR – a conversation with Reg Vastern-King

Hexagon, Broad St Mall and Fountain House

Hexagon, Broad St Mall and Fountain House

Reg Vastern-King chair and founder of the Friends of the IDR had watched the events unfolding at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee when the proposal to build four residential towers at Broad St Mall was discussed. I met Reg at his favourite hostelry, the Reindeer on Southampton Street to ask him what he thought about it all.

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A trip along the IDR at the History of Reading Society

Coley Bridge

Coley pedestrian bridge over the IDR

Graham Turner presented a film about the route of the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) before it was built, at the History of Reading Society (HoRS) on 15 January. The venue, the Abbey Baptist Church, was almost full and the audience were entranced as changing scenes of the streets of Reading in the 1960s and 70s appeared before their eyes.

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Council supports Sustrans’ improvements to the Kennet cycle path

Reading Borough Council (RBC) offered its support this week to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in their project to remove motorcycle barriers on the Kennet Path between the Katesgrove Lane IDR underpass and Fobney Lock.

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Gritters and grit bins plans for winter 2019-20

Alpine Street grit bin in the sun July 2019

Katesgrove’s VIP grit bin tuned in to the webcast from Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport Committee on the evening of 20 November to find out about the gritter and grit bins plans for this winter.

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”

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Sage Reading half marathon beating the streets

So much excitement up here on Katesgrove Hill as the sound of the approaching motorcycle mounted race marshall announced that the race was on its way to the small crowd at the junction of Kendrick and Christchurch Roads .

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Give the IDR a break from traffic

By Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR..

Reading’s Green party lit the briefest flicker of hope in the breasts of the Friends of the IDR this week that the town could convert the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) into a cycle track for a day.

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Walking stages 3 and 4 of the IDR

The ski jump at the end of the IDR in 1984. The Hook and Tackle is the on the left, painted white.

Having carved its way from Caversham Road to the foot of Southampton Street, in the 1970s Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) stopped abruptly at the ‘ski jump’ where the Oracle roundabout now is. During this hiatus, Reading consulted and debated about whether and how to continue.

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Walking stage 2 of the IDR

Willow Street today

Stage 2 of Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) from Castle Hill to Southampton Street was under construction during 1969. After crossing Castle Hill, pedestrians can use a slipway down to Coley.

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Walking stage I of Reading’s IDR

The IDR as it was intended to be built at the time that Stage I was under construction.

Construction of Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) started in 1969, but it had been included in development plans since 1957 and no doubt was a twinkle in someone’s eye some time before that. It still bothers Reading’s civic soul when proposals are brought forward to make it one-way or to cover over part of it or turn it into a park.

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Introduction to “a walk around Reading’s IDR”

The IDR as it was intended to be built at the time that Stage I was under construction.

The Whitley Pump is leading a walk around Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days in September. Reading’s post-war history, in which it transformed from a primarily industrial to a retail town, circle the IDR like the IDR circles the town centre.

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Four weeks to go until Heritage Open Days 2018

Heritage Open Days (HODs) take place over two September weekends this year; 6-9 September and 13-16 September. Local publicity leaflets are beginning to appear around Reading and you can also look for events on the HODs website.

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Reading Fringe – On the Couch – Thursday edition

The White Building

The second in a series of four On the Couch events from the Reading Fringe Festival at the White Building on King’s Road today (Thursday 25 July) had an unexpected Inner Distribution Road (IDR) theme. Alongside BBC Radio 3 presenter and fringe guest curator Fiona Talkington, the guests were Julie Simmonds, Jenny Halstead, Zsuzsi Lindsay (replacing Suzanne Stallard of Jelly who was unavailable) and Bobby Lonergan.

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Whitley Pump offers ‘a walk around Reading’s IDR’ for Heritage Open Days 2018

For this year’s Heritage Open Days festival the Whitley Pump will be leading a walk around the IDR on Sunday 16 September at 11am.

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Open for Art dips a toe in Katesgrove

View of Reading from Coley School (Ray Atkins). Image courtesy of (c) Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum)

The 25th annual ‘Open for Art Festival‘ started on 2 July and continues until 8 July. To mark this anniversary there are 25 specially curated stories. Most of the venues are in central Reading but there are a few closer to home or of local interest.

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Curtains Up! by Katie Amos

‘Curtains Up!’ is the latest publication from Reading Borough Council (RBC) libraries. It tells the history of each of RBC’s music venues: the 1882 Concert Hall, the Hexagon and the newly refurbished South Street Arts Centre.

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Friends of the IDR

Oracle roundabout under the IDR

The Friends of the Inner Distribution Road (FIDR) will meet for their inaugural meeting today at the Little Crown public house on Southampton Street.

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Reading half marathon Sunday 18 March

The 2018 Reading half marathon will take place on Sunday 18 March. The anti-clockwise route starts in Green Park and ends at the Madejksi stadium.

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‘Black History’ mural march delivers petition to council

By Adam Harrington and John Howard.

Members of Reading’s Afro-Caribbean communities marched from the Central Club at the corner of London Street and Mill Lane to the Civic Offices on Monday 25 September to protest Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) decision to reject their bid to acquire the club and its famous mural.

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Katesgrovians asked for opinion on IDR underpass

Users of the IDR underpass between Katesgrove Lane and the County Lock were asked their opinion on Thursday 15 December.

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