Horse play

photo1With the demise of the decrepit shopfronts on Southampton Street it might be useful if attention was focused on this wasted space.

The former Horse & Barge Pub in Duke Street has been derelict longer than most can remember.

There was once a plan to develop it but when it was refused the owner failed to come back with a new plan.

Now this opportunity continues to go begging. If there was a will to rid the town of the Southampton Street shopfronts, you might think there would be some desire to get this much more central location into use.

This must have spent 30 years decaying, yet there seems little interest in doing anything about it.

About Alan Bunce

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