Councillors pretty much had to refuse the plans which, it seemed, were more to do with cashing in on ridiculous subsidies than saving energy.
Waving the scheme through just before polling day would have made the elections very different.
However, their decision, albeit that of Wokingham borough, not Reading, begs one question. How on earth did this place get permission (see picture)?
The Novotel, seen here from the Holybrook car park at the Oracle has stuck out like an ugly sore thumb since day one.
You can bet your life the pictures being submitted to the Queen to persuade her to give Reading city status, won’t show it.
It is basically a stack of 178 boxes piled high which were then plumbed in and wired up to form a hotel. This was opened in 2006 and Reading now has way too many hotels.
If anyone can suggest a reason the planners waved this monster through, I’d love to hear it.