Planning applications in Abbey, Church, Katesgrove, Minster and Whitley wards for the week ending 22 June

There were ten new planning applications for Abbey, Church, Katesgrove, Minster and Whitley wards this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Traffic diversions through Katesgrove for repairs to crash barriers on IDR flyover

The Flyover on 28 May 2019

Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.

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Student accommodation and Reading’s new local plan

The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.

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Story of Reading Gallery is officially open

Deputy mayor Councillor David Stevens cutting the ribbon to open the gallery.

The completely remodelled ground floor gallery of Reading Museum has been officially launched. Following a brief introduction from museum manager, Matthew Williams, the deputy mayor, councillor David Stevens, cut the red ribbon with a sharp pair of Reading museum scissors and declared the gallery open.

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Reading Labour’s front bench and portfolios for the forthcoming mayoral year

New lead councillor portfolios and appointments were approved at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) annual meeting on 22 May at Reading Town Hall. In a reshuffle of portfolios and responsibilities, Minster ward councillor Ellie Emberson replaced Jason Brock, who is now leader of the council, as lead councillor for corporate and consumer services. Ellie Emberson was first elected in the 2018 local elections. The reshuffle also saw Karen Rowland, another new councillor in 2018, replace Sarah Hacker as the lead for culture, heritage and recreation.

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Councillor Deborah Edwards’ mayoral year in south Reading

Southcote councillor Deborah Edwards attended a considerable number of events in south Reading during her mayoral year. This is a pictorial record of just a few of them that the Whitley Pump was able to cover.

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Reading East MP Matt Rodda asks how leaving the EU will affect Thames Valley creative industries

In the House of Commons on 11 April, Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) asked Margot James, government minister for digital and creative industries, what effect leaving the EU would have on the creative industries of the Thames Valley.

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