Planning applications 181908 and 181909, 26-28 Southampton Street

An application has been made for a change of use from office to residential for 26-28 Southampton Street. The buildings are currently occupied by Sharps commercial property agents.

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Reading to receive £210k Brexit funding and other financial tales

Budget – Honore Daumier, Comme Sisyphe.

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will present the budget for the coming financial year and a medium term financial strategy (MTFS) for the next three years until 2022 at the policy committee on 18 February.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about NHS staff and Brexit

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

Matt Rodda (Labour, Reading East) spoke in the House of Commons on the evening of 28 January during the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal Bill). He highlighted the problems which Brexit might cause in his constituency  because of the high proportion of NHS workers from the EU.

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No, we are not there yet!

Reading Borough Council (RBC) is creeping slowly towards finalising their accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 but the last few steps are painful. The report to last week’s Audit & Governance committee had explained how all the property valuations required had been received and that the accounts were being updated with final adjustments. However we learned on the night that things were not that simple.

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30 December – Making sense of Reading’s residential property developments

Clarendon House (foreground) and Verto (background)

When we walked around the IDR on 16 September for this year’s Heritage Open Days, the number of new property developments along its route became astoundingly clear. In an anti-clockwise direction we first passed, on the south side of Queen’s Road, New Century Place where both blocks have recently been converted from offices to studio apartments.

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