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.
Reading Borough Council will discuss planning applications on Christchurch Road and Camelford Close, permit parking in the Hexham Road Estate and a new traffic access to the Abbey School on Vicarage Road in the coming week.
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’.
‘Destination Zoë Andrews’ at the Reading Buses July 2018 open day. Photo (c) Zoë Andrews
I hadn’t lived in Reading properly since 2010 when I moved back in 2015. Throughout university in Cardiff, I regularly came home. One of the comfort blankets of home was the buses. I lived in both Cardiff and Bristol between my spells of being back in the ‘ding, and I can tell you something categorically: we have a very good bus service in comparison to elsewhere.
From L to R: Stuart Langridge (Sustrans community liaison officer) and Peter Challis (Sustrans network development manager)
The sustainable transport charity Sustrans wants to improve the Kennet cycle and foot path between Reading town centre and Fobney Lock. Improvements could include the removal of motorcycle barriers as well as resurfacing and tidying up the path.
Alok Sharma, Reading West MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).
3 September was the Reading MPs’ first day back in the House of Commons after the parliamentary summer recess. Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) both voted on Sir Oliver Letwin’s motion on European Union (withdrawal).
The Silver Street bus stop is currently closed because of works at 79 Silver Street, where a block of 61 student rooms is being built. The bus stop has been relocated a small distance up Mount Pleasant, and part of the pavement directly in front of the building closed off. This was all set out in the relevant approved planning applications and approvals.