Monthly Archives: May 2015

Home front

One of the most positive moves by any government in recent years has to be permitted development – allowing empty offices to be turned into flats. And the plans to turn an ugly Friar Street building into 44 more has … Continue reading

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Flat refusal

The long-awaited removal of the shops opposite Reading station was heralded as a huge step forward in improving a dire part of the town. But in reality the result is that instead of some plain 1960s shop units, the first … Continue reading

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Blott off the landscape

Colourful stationery seems to be on the decline – and that may be no bad thing. Although the economists will tell you the country is on the up, the truth is the high street is not having a good time. … Continue reading

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No heart for the arts

The loss of another independent shop in Caversham may suggest a problem with its business model. Sadly The Wendy House on Prospect Street appears to be on last just months after the Blue Duck Art Gallery closed its doors after … Continue reading

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