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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take six

Bacalhao com natas

Bacalhao com natas

For our sixth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose, bacalhao com natas served with cassava chips and greens.

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A blot on the Katesgrove landscape

A sea of fly tipping - Woodley Arms car park 2 May 2020

A sea of fly tipping – Woodley Arms car park 2 May 2020

Once upon a time the Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street was a thriving and well loved public house. The brewery, Greene King, sold the pub when it closed eight years ago in 2012. It waited patiently as the years past and the developer submitted a succession of planning applications. It is now a very sorry and sad site with the former car park a sea of discarded furniture, tyres and general household rubbish in black bin bags.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take five

Shredded Beef and Cassava Casserole

For our fifth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose shredded beef and cassava casserole, served with the white beans, rice and greens. We are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to eat our way through a range of Brazilian dishes.

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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take four

Chicken with chorizo and chick peas

Chicken with chorizo and chick peas

For our fourth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose chicken with chorizo and chick peas in a rich tomato and piri-piri sauce.

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Lamp post 8747 replaced

New lamp post

New lamp post

Residents venturing out to the end of Milman Road may have noticed that the lamp post next to the bus shelter was looking  a little perilously inclined.

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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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Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil – take two

Chicken with white beans

Chicken with white beans, rice, greens, vegetables and manioc flour

Our first ever take-away Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading, was so good that we decided to do it again. This time we tried a different option of chicken breast with white beans, greens and rice. The beans are the stars of this meal and must definitely contain a secret ingredient that makes them so delicious.

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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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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 28 March

Whitley Pump 1923

Whitley Pump 1923 – in the background Christchurch Conservation Area

There were 21 new planning and building control 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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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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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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Thames Valley Police come to Greggs on Whitley Street on 18 March

Notice
This event has been CANCELLED  due to the current coronavirus outbreak. TVP has announced that all Have Your Say meetings have been cancelled until 20 April 2020 when the situation will be reviewed.

Greggs is open

The Katesgrove neighbourhood policing team will hold a Have Your Say meeting at Greggs on Whitley Street on Wednesday 18 March at 11.00am. This replaces the cancelled meeting of 11 March.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 9 March

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Thames Valley Police come to Gregg’s on Whitley Street on 11 March

Greggs is open

The Katesgrove neighbourhood policing team will hold a Have Your Say meeting at Gregg’s on Whitley Street on Wednesday 11 March at 11.00am.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 2 March

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Changes to Reading Borough Council fees and charges from 1 April

Whitley Pump - May 2016

Whitley Pump roundabout

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has a schedule of charges for everything from overdue library book fines to planning fees and advertising on the Whitley Pump roundabout. The list covers 26 pages and is a fascinating insight into the minutiae of local government, Reading style.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 24 February

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