Centred about Town, with guest opinion

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After a lot of interest in my last post about Christmas trade, I thought it would be good to get the opinions of the great and good on the future of the town centre.  To give you an element of relief from my own ramblings, I wrote to some of the town’s movers and shakers to get you some further insight.  I’m pleasantly surprised to have received many great responses, so here you are – the views that matter… ok, and maybe one or two of my own as well. Continue reading “Centred about Town, with guest opinion”

Centred about Town, with guest opinion

A big shout out to 2018

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A new year is upon us, and an unmissable chance to revisit some of last year’s highlights and to look ahead to what might be making waves in 2018. Continue reading “A big shout out to 2018”

A big shout out to 2018

Reading’s Local Plan

The council is currently consulting on the final draft of its “local plan” covering the development of Reading up to 2036.  I’ve taken a look through the document.

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Reading’s Local Plan

5 Reading buildings that could be put to better use

1) The Lower Ship, Duke Street

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Any list of misused buildings in Reading has to start with The Lower Ship on Duke Street – a pub/hotel that’s been boarded up since the late eighties when it was sold to Yorkshire Brewery Samuel Smith’s.   Continue reading “5 Reading buildings that could be put to better use”

5 Reading buildings that could be put to better use

Kings Road – Making a Point

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The Kings Road / King Street area of Reading town centre is one of the areas undergoing significant changes.  We’ve got banks becoming restaurants, offices changing colour or becoming homes, shops turning into cafes and bars, a King leaving King Street, and maybe even a local hero coming home.  In this post I take a brief look at the different developments, with a delve back in time thrown in.

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Kings Road – Making a Point

4 ways to improve Reading’s image

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In a departure from suggesting huge infrastructure projects and expensive leisure facilities, in this post I call out a few more modest ideas to improve the image of Reading.

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4 ways to improve Reading’s image

Caversham Park – Blue Sky Thinking

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Last year it was announced that the BBC would vacate the 1850-built Caversham Park house, where its foreign media monitoring service is based, and sell off the estate.  This week it emerged that the council and the BBC are in dispute over a “Tree preservation order” covering the site.  The council has dug in meaning the BBC cannot start clearing the site in an attempt to maximise the appeal to any developer. Continue reading “Caversham Park – Blue Sky Thinking”

Caversham Park – Blue Sky Thinking