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'No Covid spike' after false negative results

15 October 2021
'No Covid spike' after false negative results

'No Covid spike' after false negative results

15 October 2021

Newbury MP Laura Farris has said there is no evidence of a Covid spike in the area, following a wave of 'false negative' test results.


Council criticised for delayed response to Covid test scandal

15 October 2021
Council criticised for delayed response to Covid test scandal

Council criticised for delayed response to Covid test scandal

15 October 2021

The council has been criticised after taking more than a week to announce false negative Covid tests at Newbury Showground.


Council criticises government for poor planning and communication

13 October 2021
Council criticises government for poor planning and communication

Council criticises government for poor planning and communication

13 October 2021

Care homes 'a tragic disaster' - West Berkshire Council joins government criticism


MP spearheads plans for 'science highway' between Newbury and Oxford

12 October 2021
 MP spearheads plans for 'science highway' between Newbury and Oxford

MP spearheads plans for 'science highway' between Newbury and Oxford

12 October 2021

Plans for hydrogen powered bus on new route between Newbury and Oxford


Where is West Berkshire at with getting to be carbon neutral?

12 October 2021
Where is West Berkshire at with getting to be carbon neutral?

Where is West Berkshire at with getting to be carbon neutral?

12 October 2021

It is two and a bit years since West Berkshire Council declared a climate emergency with the stated intent to be carbon neutral by 2030


Newbury's benches: A quiet reminder of people gone, but not forgotten

11 October 2021
Newbury's benches: A quiet reminder of people gone, but not forgotten

Newbury's benches: A quiet reminder of people gone, but not forgotten

11 October 2021

In Newbury, there are 123 benches. You sit on them. Meet friends on them. Cold War spies once used them for letter drops. Niki Hinman takes a seat.

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Health gap between richest and poorest areas

11 October 2021
Health gap between richest and poorest areas

Health gap between richest and poorest areas

11 October 2021

People living in the poorest parts of West Berkshire and Wokingham will live seven years less of healthy life compared to those living in rich areas.


Report reveals childhood mental health inequalities

10 October 2021
Report reveals childhood mental health inequalities

Report reveals childhood mental health inequalities

10 October 2021

Children from the poorest areas of West Berkshire are more likely to experience severe mental health problems than those from the richest areas.


Latest developments at Faraday Road football ground

09 October 2021
Latest developments at Faraday Road football ground

Latest developments at Faraday Road football ground

09 October 2021

A new sports and recreation space will be open for the public in Newbury by the end of the year.


Council invests £250k to protect victims of domestic abuse

04 October 2021
Council invests £250k to protect victims of domestic abuse

Council invests £250k to protect victims of domestic abuse

04 October 2021

The public are being asked for their views on how to protect domestic abuse victims in West Berkshire.


Tilehurst GP did not monitor patient's weight properly

02 October 2021
Tilehurst GP did not monitor patient's weight properly

Tilehurst GP did not monitor patient's weight properly

02 October 2021

A Tilehurst Village Surgery GP has been found to have been at fault in the care of a woman – with her family claiming it impacted on her human rights.


PCC vows rural crime clampdown

01 October 2021
PCC vows rural crime clampdown

PCC vows rural crime clampdown

01 October 2021

We interview the Thames Valley police and crime commissioner after his first 100 days in the post.


Kintbury church takes swipe at police over lead roof thefts

28 September 2021
Kintbury church takes swipe at police over lead roof thefts

Kintbury church takes swipe at police over lead roof thefts

28 September 2021

A village church has given up trying to replace lead on its roof after thieves pinched it for the second time in four years.


Victoria Park café – hopes for 2023 opening and new managers announced

23 September 2021
Victoria Park café – hopes for 2023 opening and new managers announced

Victoria Park café – hopes for 2023 opening and new managers announced

23 September 2021

Newbury's long-hoped for park café has nudged a step closer to reality.


Talks to take place with Government to join up all six Berkshire councils

21 September 2021
Talks to take place with Government to join up all six Berkshire councils

Talks to take place with Government to join up all six Berkshire councils

21 September 2021

The six Berkshire unitary councils are joining forces for talks on the future of the county as a whole.


He gave bags of sweets to Afghan refugees – but his own family were still in Kabul

21 September 2021
He gave bags of sweets to Afghan refugees – but his own family were still in Kabul

He gave bags of sweets to Afghan refugees – but his own family were still in Kabul

21 September 2021

A Newbury shop worker who donated bags of sweets to Afghan refugees in the town tells how he got his family out of Kabul.


Lack of signage causes row at new multi storey car park

20 September 2021
Lack of signage causes row at new multi storey car park

Lack of signage causes row at new multi storey car park

20 September 2021

The new multi-storey car park between Newbury town centre and the station has opened – and prompted immediate outcry.


Newbury town centre shops pulled together to help recently arrived Afghan refugees

20 September 2021
Newbury town centre shops pulled together to help recently arrived Afghan refugees

Newbury town centre shops pulled together to help recently arrived Afghan refugees

20 September 2021

Parkway and Kennet Shopping centre retailers have pulled the stops out to help Afghan refugees.


Monks Lane sports hub prompts parking row

16 September 2021
Monks Lane sports hub prompts parking row

Monks Lane sports hub prompts parking row

16 September 2021

People living near the rugby club at Monks Lane say plans to shift the Newbury football ground there are going to cause parking chaos.


Newbury Town Council says plans for sports hub will limit Newbury FC ambitions

14 September 2021
Newbury Town Council says plans for sports hub will limit Newbury FC ambitions

Newbury Town Council says plans for sports hub will limit Newbury FC ambitions

14 September 2021

Newbury Town Council rejects 'ludicrous' sports hub plans


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