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The Berkshire Data Observatory


The Berkshire Data Observatory is a new website that presents data about the local population, crime, housing and economics. It has been compiled and is kept up to date by ‘Public Health for Berkshire’ together with Berkshire’s six local authorities, including Reading Borough Council (RBC).

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Southampton Street’s Red Lion Pub reopens as Kobanî House

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobani House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

Adem playing the Turkish guitar at Kobanî House (the Red Lion Pub), Southampton Street

The former Red Lion pub on Southampton Street has gained a new lease of life as a social and political space. The new occupiers have re-named the building ‘Kobanî House’ after the city in Rojava province in northern Syria, and they hosted their first open-mic night on 7 November, featuring music from Kurdistan.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 9 November

There were 11 new planning or building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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University neighbours are fed up with parking problems, HMOs, litter and public disturbance, say Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

Garbage at the Whitley Park Lane bus stop

People living near the University of Reading (UoR) think that the university and its students are causing parking problems, damaging local communities by demanding more houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), littering and causing late-night disturbances. The Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) have released the analysis of a consultation they ran this year to see what residents really thought about living next to the University.

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The old Whitley Library is now for sale

The old Whitley Library building has now closed

The old Whitley Library building has now closed

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has put the old Whitley Library up for sale on the open market with agents Dunster & Morton, describing it as an ‘attractive listed building with potential for conversion to residential use’. Voluntary organisations can also put in a bid for the property through the third sector process. The deadline for all offers is 5pm on 19 December 2019.

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A new planning application for the Woodley Arms site on Waldeck Street

Rear of the Woodley Arms 23 October 2019

Lainston Woodley Arms LLP (LWA), who have planning approval to build student accommodation on the site of the Woodley Arms public house on Waldeck Street, have submitted a new application for 38 ‘co-living units’.

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Hug the Gaol on Sunday 13 October

Oscar Wilde gates on Chestnut Walk

The atmospheric art exhibition inspired by Oscar Wilde‘s haunting Ballad of Reading Gaol at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock recently provides a compelling cultural backdrop to the Hug The Gaol Event on Sunday 13 October at 2pm. The emotive images evoked by the ‘Pit of Shame’ lead us to a feeling of redemption as we surround Reading Gaol in a mass hug to demonstrate our desire to have Reading Gaol at the heart of the community.

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Former Central Club sold subject to planning permission

The former Central Club on London Street

The FOR SALE signboard at the former Central Club (Reading Central Youth Provision) on London Street says that the building has been sold subject to planning permission.

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Reading Borough Council tenant awards 2019

Nominations are now open for the Reading Borough Council (RBC) tenant awards 2019. There are eight awards for council tenants, including two for gardens, that will be presented at an awards ceremony in February 2020.

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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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