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The view from Katesgrove Hill

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Christchurch Green at risk of becoming ‘devastated’ by planning decisions

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) chair Simone Illger told Reading Borough Council (RBC) that the Christchurch Green in Reading was being “devastated” by unsympathetic development, at the planning applications committee on 15 January. RBC nonetheless approved the change of use of the ground floor 60 Christchurch Road from a dry cleaners into a restaurant, saying that their own local plan didn’t allow them to choose otherwise.

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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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Hoardings go up at Former Lok n’Store site

Hoardings have gone up around the former Lok n’Store site on Berkeley Avenue. Site clearance work is taking place behind the metal barriers.

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Former Lok n’Store site sold

The controversial former Lok n’Store site on Berkeley Avenue which we have followed over the years has recently been sold.

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Bank holiday view of Katesgrove

One of the more surprising views of Katesgrove is from the western side of the Kennet on Berkeley Avenue.

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Elgar Road pavement improvements

Improvements have been made to pedestrian access at the crossroads at the north end of Elgar Road. Famous for being the meeting place of a road (Elgar), a lane (Katesgrove), an avenue (Berkeley) and a street (Pell), it had become a bit of a bottleneck.

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Then and now. The Central Goods Yard

IDR north of Berkeley Avenue Bridge

The Central Goods Yard north of the Berkeley Road bridge, features in Reading Museum’s latest exhibition On Track.

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