Hell Friar

photo(5)An exciting  redevelopment? New life coming to Friar Street?

Well, yes and no. This development on the corner of Greyfriars Road will provide over 100 student rooms. Doubtless there will be customers for The Hope Tap opposite and Sainsbury’s next door.

But a building that could have been anywhere will now take up a prime spot in this once thriving town centre road.

For the town centre shopper there is ever less appeal. Along with the Novotel, student accommodation means many of the people who will inhabit Friar Street will be from elsewhere and will surely care little about a place which seems to be unwanted in its own town.


About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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