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Christchurch Green at risk of becoming ‘devastated’ by planning decisions

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) chair Simone Illger told Reading Borough Council (RBC) that the Christchurch Green in Reading was being “devastated” by unsympathetic development, at the planning applications committee on 15 January. RBC nonetheless approved the change of use of the ground floor 60 Christchurch Road from a dry cleaners into a restaurant, saying that their own local plan didn’t allow them to choose otherwise.

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Council refuses giant LED adverts in Katesgrove

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have refused permission for two giant illuminated LED advertisement hoardings on Whitley Street and the Basingstoke and Surrey Road junctions. These would have replaced the existing hoardings, both of which until recently were non-illuminated.

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More double yellow lines coming to Elgar Road South

Entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will carry out a statutory consultation on the introduction of double yellow lines at the entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments and the Makro delivery entrance on Elgar Road South. The proposals were among additional waiting restrictions proposed at the council’s Traffic Management sub-committee on 9 January.

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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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 13 January

 

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 11 January

Watlington Street

There were 11 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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 6 January

 

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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at traffic management committee this week

Civic Offices April 2019

Reading Borough Council will be discussing parking issues in south Reading during the traffic management sub-committee next week.

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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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A rubbish year in Katesgrove

A row of red bins

There are certain places in Katesgrove where rubbish likes to congregate. We continually pass the same spots blighted by dumped rubbish and fly-tipping on our daily routes to work, shops and schools, or just going out .

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote different ways on the latest, and probably last, EU withdrawal bill

Reading’s MPs, Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted different ways on the European Union withdrawal agreement bill (WAB) in the House of Commons on 20 December.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 21 December

Royal Berkshire Hospital

Royal Berkshire Hospital

There were seven 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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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 16 December

 

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 7 December

79 Silver Street construction 22 November 2019

79 Silver Street construction 22 November 2019

There were nine 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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Reading Buses celebrate 100 years of motorbuses

Tony Page, Paul Woodward and Robert Williams

From L to R: deputy leader of the council, Tony Page; Reading Mayor, councillor Paul Woodward and Reading Buses CEO, Robert Williams

On Friday 6 December 2019, Reading Buses celebrated 100 years since the first motorbus was brought into service on the route from St Andrew’s Church, Caversham Heights to the Plough Inn, Tilehurst. The Thames Valley and Great Western Omnibus Trust will be running five historic Reading buses on routes through the town tomorrow, Sunday 8 December.

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Tai Chi at Christ the King parish hall in Whitley

Tai Chi class at Christ the King

Tai Chi class at Christ the King

Age UK Berkshire run Tai Chi classes in the parish hall at Christ the King on Northumberland Avenue. The last class of 2019 before the Christmas break was on Wednesday 4 December and was followed by festive refreshments.

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Reading’s political parties discuss climate change, a fairer society and the EU at the Quaker Hustings

Reading GE hustings 2019 at the Quaker Meeting House

From L-> R: Matt Rodda & Rachel Eden (Labour), Yemi Awolola (CPA), convenor John Crosfield, timekeeper Christina Hughes Nind, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat), Jamie Whitham & David McElroy (Green).

An estimated 60 people attended the parliamentary hustings at the Quaker Meeting House in Katesgrove, Reading on Thursday 28 November. Candidates Matt Rodda and Rachel Eden (Labour), Jamie Whitham and David McElroy (Green), Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat) and Yemi Awolola (Christian Peoples Alliance, CPA) answered questions from the Reading public about the UK’s future relationship with Europe, a fairer society and the climate emergency.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 30 November

Kendrick School

Kendrick School

There were seven 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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Whitley garden wildlife in October: the vandalism special

David Turner’s monthly diary of Whitley wildlife was interrupted one night in September when somebody stole some of his garden monitoring equipment and vandalised the rest. Nobody was hurt, and both Bubbles the hedgehog and the fox family were left unmolested, but there could be no further wildlife photographs from mid-September.

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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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