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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at planning applications committee this week

The old Whitley Library building has now closed

Reading Borough Council will be discussing issues in south Reading during planning applications committee next week.

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 3 August

There were 10 new planning 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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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 27 July

There were eight new planning 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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Planning applications in Church, Redlands and Whitley wards for the week ending 18 May

There were five new planning applications for Church, Redlands and Whitley wards this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in Katesgrove, Redlands and Whitley wards for the week ending 20 April

There were six new planning applications for Katesgrove, Redlands and Whitley wards this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in Church, Katesgrove, Minster, Redlands and Whitley wards for the week ending 13 April

There were 17 new planning applications for Church, Katesgrove, Minster, Redlands and Whitley wards this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at planning applications committee this week


Reading Borough Council will be discussing issues in south Reading during planning applications committee next week.

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Winter flocks on Coley meadows

A murmuration of starlings at Gretna. Photo: Walter Baxter via Wikimedia Commons

Flocks of birds are a phenomenon that have always intrigued me. Watching how different birds go about it has fascinated me all my life. There are those obscure little flocks of twittering tits that flit about the hedgerows in winter, and there are those massive and spectacular starling murmurations that fill the dusk skies with choreographed magic.

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Interview with Tony Page, deputy leader of Reading Borough Council (part one)

Tony Page has been a councillor for 45 years and is lead councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport and deputy leader of Reading Borough Council. The Whitley Pump interviewed him at the beginning of December at the Civic Offices on Bridge Street and we started with a local topic.

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Planning applications in south Reading during the week ending 10 November

These planning applications may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in Church, Katesgrove and Whitley wards for the week ending 15 September

There were five new planning applications for Church, Katesgrove and Whitley wards last week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Introduction to “a walk around Reading’s IDR”

The IDR as it was intended to be built at the time that Stage I was under construction.

The Whitley Pump is leading a walk around Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) as part of this year’s Heritage Open Days in September. Reading’s post-war history, in which it transformed from a primarily industrial to a retail town, circle the IDR like the IDR circles the town centre.

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Planning application 181206 : Verizon, Reading International Business Park

Verizon
Reading International Business Park
A33 Relief Road
Reading
RG2 6DA

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Reading Riverside is taking shape fast


Here at the Whitley Pump, we have been keeping an eye on the development of the old Lok n’Store site, just over the Kennet in Minster ward.

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New enforceable bus lanes proposed on London Street and the A33


Reading Borough Council (RBC) has proposed new enforceable bus lanes on London Street and the A33, and have asked for public comment by 1 March 2018.

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Planning application 180143 : Unit 2, Reading Gate Retail Park

Unit 2
Reading Gate Retail Park
A33 Relief Road Reading
RG2 0DG

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Planning application 180063 : 21 Rose Kiln Lane (Porcelanosa)

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Planning application 172313 : Unit 2, Reading Trade Centre, Rose Kiln Lane

Unit 2, Reading Trade Centre
Rose Kiln Lane
Reading

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Katesgrove’s bountiful river valley

Sadly, there are few good places on Katesgrove hill to enjoy the westward view. The steep west-facing scarp of Katesgrove hill is the edge of a river valley, and at the bottom flows the river Kennet. The river carved the valley into Reading before it became a canal, and used to run riot over a vast area of low lying land between Southcote and Whitley. The valley south and west of Katesgrove is a couple of miles wide, suddenly narrowing as it passes through two hills, Katesgrove and Coley. From the top of Katesgrove hill the view over the valley should be cherished, especially when the valley is full of floodwater and the sun sets beyond.

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