Launchpad Reading’s annual pancake race was held in Broad Street on Tuesday 28 February.
Planning officers were asked at the October Planning Applications committee to consider ways in which the better management of HMOs could be ensured. On Wednesday 8 February the committee will consider a report from planning officers.
The MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, voted in parliament in February to give the prime minister power to trigger ‘article 50’ that begins the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There was the briefest of Twitter storms at about the same time whether the Reading East constituency had voted to leave or to remain in the EU, and whether Rob Wilson was representing his constituents.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
Jacksons department store, once dominating the corner of Kings Road and the High Street, closed three years ago today on 24 December 2013.
Getting views from the public on Katesgrove Lane
IDR pedestrian underpass
Katesgrove Community Association, Reading borough councillors and Thames Valley Police talk to IDR underpass users
Katesgrove councillors Sophia James (left) and Rose Williams (right)
Users of the IDR underpass between Katesgrove Lane and the County Lock were asked their opinion on Thursday 15 December.
Reading’s local policing area commander, Superintendent Stan Gilmour, has said that neighbourhood policing in the town will prioritise important services while public service cuts put a strain on community groups and charities.
Baker Street view of the old Civic Centre Demolition
In 1638 Charles I gave a charter to Reading [ref 1] which included measures to prevent building small properties and the subdivision of homes into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs).
This year’s Reading International Festival opens in an uncompromising manner with the film The Killing$ of Tony Blair at RISC on London Street, on Friday 14 October.
The Reading Town Meal, now in its fourth year, got off to a wet start in the Forbury Gardens on Saturday 1 October.
The Reading Between the Lines theatre company will be re-enacting the trial of Oscar Wilde in Reading prison for three nights from 29 September.
Corner of Silver and Crown Streets
The Woodley Arms, Waldeck Street
Two important local applications will be presented at the Planning Applications Committee on the evening of Wednesday 20 July 2016.
by Gillian Tunley.
Anything is possible and nothing is quite what it seems… a mysterious lady in black restlessly circles and scales a seemingly empty packing case. She searches and probes expressively – what could be inside the giant wooden case?
Waterstones on Broad Street
The Biscuit Tin overlooked by Thames Tower
Where to start with Open for Art, so much going on in so many places!
Diamond Jubilee display 2012
A new planning application has been submitted for Jackson’s Corner. Application number 160849 is a variation on application 141713 which was approved in March 2015.
A poem by Victoria Pugh
with illustrations by Jane Burnett.
So many hat boxes, stacked up, on shelves by the door –
round, black, with a crest on each one; full of flat caps,
trilbies, bowlers, top hats? Or nothing? Like extra-wide
organ pipes, ready to play a tune in brown dog tooth.
1946 mayor making in Reading Town Hall (courtesy of Reading Museum online catalogue)
Council business has been quiet during the local election period, but the official 2016 season starts with the council annual general meeting (AGM) at the Town Hall on Wednesday 25 May when Reading’s mayor will be ‘made.’
Berkshire Credit Union (BCU) has made “a promising start to a very long road to recover from our poor history,” said Gordon Ross, BCU treasurer, at their annual general meeting on 27 April.
There was a flurry of excitement in the Council Chamber when the winning name for Reading’s new bridge was announced at the 22 March 2016 Council meeting. The winning name was Christchurch Bridge. As a result of a Freedom of Information request, your Whitley Pump correspondent obtained a list of suggestions for the name made by members of the public during the consultation process. This list was found to be incomplete.
The Three Guineas
Reading Railway Station Public House