Royal Elm Park – Two Sides to the Story

_20160217_213544Last week plans were submitted to the council for the redevelopment of the Madejski Stadium car park.  I covered this topic when the idea was unveiled at a public exhibition in November.  Now that the formal application has gone in, we can take a closer look at the detail.  There will probably be two opposing camps, so I thought I’d present each side of the argument. Continue reading “Royal Elm Park – Two Sides to the Story”

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Royal Elm Park – Two Sides to the Story

Looking forward to Reading’s 2016

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It took all my powers of self restraint not to entitle this post “Reading the future”, but that’s the gist – as 2016 gets underway, what might the year hold in store for the town?  If a town could write itself some new year’s resolutions then I’d hope to see the following amongst them.

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Looking forward to Reading’s 2016

FAO the Broad Street Mall’s new owners

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The Broad Street Mall was purchased by new owners in May 2015.  Since then we’ve heard nothing of their plans for the site.  That is until this month when a planning application has been submitted to the council.  Sadly the limit of the ambition, at this stage at least, is to re-brand the signs on each of the entrances to the mall.  So let’s take this opportunity to give the new owners some ideas on how they could bring vast improvements to this part of Reading, and potentially make some money along the way. Continue reading “FAO the Broad Street Mall’s new owners”

FAO the Broad Street Mall’s new owners

All Change for Swimming in Reading

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Where’s the best place to swim in Reading?  The answer, bluntly, is Bracknell.  Our new-town neighbour boasts its eponymous leisure centre, with twin 25m pools for leisure and lane swimming, and a soon-to-be renovated fun and flume complex Coral Reef.  Both are normally spotlessly maintained – I can never change without being hassled by a mop-wielding attendant whenever I visit. Continue reading “All Change for Swimming in Reading”

All Change for Swimming in Reading

The dilemma with no prisoners


Today it was announced that Reading Prison is to be sold for housing development.  Progress on the prison disposal, following its closure two years ago is to be welcomed.  However, in my view, most people in Reading had rather higher hopes for the historic building than a pure apartment conversion.  Rob Wilson, Reading East MP, was on BBC Radio Berkshire’s Andrew Peach show this morning telling us that we should be “extraordinarily happy” at the prospect of some much-needed housing.  It would be “extraordinary”, he continued, to question the idea.  Well, I’ll have to take that as a compliment. Continue reading “The dilemma with no prisoners”

The dilemma with no prisoners

Zeroing in on the Dreadnought – defunct inn to have Reading’s biggest pub car park

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Yesterday I visited the public exhibition organised by Wokingham council for a new park and ride site to the east of Reading. Continue reading “Zeroing in on the Dreadnought – defunct inn to have Reading’s biggest pub car park”

Zeroing in on the Dreadnought – defunct inn to have Reading’s biggest pub car park

Hexagons, Headaches, and why the answer is Hills Meadow

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At a meeting next week, Reading Borough council will discuss the future of theatre provision in the town.  Below is the key paragraph from the paper they will discuss: Continue reading “Hexagons, Headaches, and why the answer is Hills Meadow”

Hexagons, Headaches, and why the answer is Hills Meadow