Station Hill, brought to you by the letter E

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The story of Station Hill is well documented. In fact, it would be hard to dispute after 15 years that it’s progressed from “story” comfortably into “saga” territory. I certainly feared the next re-classification might be to “myth”. Yet this week, finally, firm new plans have been published. The proposals relate specifically to the Friar’s Walk plot, where a disused shopping arcade has been boarded up since 2004. Continue reading “Station Hill, brought to you by the letter E”

Station Hill, brought to you by the letter E

A New River and a Better Reading Riverside – Proposals Flooding In

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This week I attended a consultation event for a new development proposal beside the Thames in Reading.  With the Environment Agency also currently seeking feedback on their own significant scheme for flood defences in the town, which incredibly include a whole new section of river, it seems like a good time to review both projects, as well as revisit why I write Reading-on-Thames in the first place. Continue reading “A New River and a Better Reading Riverside – Proposals Flooding In”

A New River and a Better Reading Riverside – Proposals Flooding In

Town centre bids for success

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Would you vote for an extra tax?  You might be surprised to hear a voting process is underway right now in Reading for exactly that.  It’s a simple Yes/No referendum.  On this occasion, it’s not residents being polled – frankly nobody’s in a hurry to ask the public to make any more binary political choices at the ballot box.  But thankfully it’s not us being taxed either.  The votes on two separate town centre “Business Improvement Districts” (BIDs) ask local employers to agree, by way of a majority, to a 1% levy on their business rates (taxes) to fund a range of initiatives to “enhance their trading environment”. Continue reading “Town centre bids for success”

Town centre bids for success

Reading’s List for Santa

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Having closely followed local news and discussion all year – #rdguk on twitter, various groups on Facebook, /r/reading on Reddit (which is mostly shoo-ing away people trying to talk about books) – I feel I’m well placed to summarise the year’s discourse in the form of a seasonal letter to Santa from us all. I hope you get what you want this Christmas, thank you so much for reading my rambles this year, and best wishes for 2019. Enjoy…  Continue reading “Reading’s List for Santa”

Reading’s List for Santa

Reading Metropolitan – Sorting it out

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Plans for the regeneration of the former Royal Mail sorting office went on display this week.  I believe the plans for this prime parcel of land are distinctly 2nd class, and if I had my way I’d return to sender…

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Reading Metropolitan – Sorting it out

Development Round-up – Autumn ’18

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It’s been a while since I posted, and a number of you have been asking for updates on what’s going on around town.  Whilst pretty much all of this has been reported in various places, hopefully it’s useful or interesting to pull it all together.  And I promise, it’s not all about flats! …Okay, some of it is about flats.

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Development Round-up – Autumn ’18