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Whatalotta potholes! West Berks has 10 times more than last year

04 March 2024
Whatalotta potholes! West Berks has 10 times more than last year

Whatalotta potholes! West Berks has 10 times more than last year

04 March 2024

Motorists in West Berkshire have reported 10 times as many potholes on the district’s roads than the same time last year.


School rebuild to be fast-tracked

01 March 2024
School rebuild to be fast-tracked

School rebuild to be fast-tracked

01 March 2024

Falkland Primary School has been given an ‘absolute assurance’ that the delayed new classrooms will be fast-tracked.

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Pitch battle goes on over the cost of football site

29 February 2024
Pitch battle goes on over the cost of football site

Pitch battle goes on over the cost of football site

29 February 2024

Two of the district’s biggest capital spends for next year are on refurbishing a traveller caravan site and the Faraday Road football pitch.


Textile recycling could be going to companies not charities, warns council

27 February 2024
Textile recycling could be going to companies not charities, warns council

Textile recycling could be going to companies not charities, warns council

27 February 2024

West Berkshire Council is urging residents to responsibly recycle textiles by donating saleable clothing items to charity shops.


Huge solar farm moves a step closer in West Berkshire

27 February 2024
Huge solar farm moves a step closer in West Berkshire

Huge solar farm moves a step closer in West Berkshire

27 February 2024

The huge, multi million pound solar farm to be funded by West Berkshire Council on land near Grazeley has moved a step closer.


Former aide to Sir Keir Starmer to run for MP in West Berks

26 February 2024
Former aide to Sir Keir Starmer to run for MP in West Berks

Former aide to Sir Keir Starmer to run for MP in West Berks

26 February 2024

A former aide to Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, is to run for MP in West Berkshire.


Speen allotment holders may lose ‘mental, physical, economic and spiritual’ benefits

23 February 2024
Speen allotment holders may lose ‘mental, physical, economic and spiritual’ benefits

Speen allotment holders may lose ‘mental, physical, economic and spiritual’ benefits

23 February 2024

Speen allotment holders have made a last ditch plea to change the planned no parking zone outside their patch.


Vaping among West Berks pupils increases

22 February 2024
Vaping among West Berks pupils increases

Vaping among West Berks pupils increases

22 February 2024

A new report says that the number of children vaping in the West Berkshire area has significantly increased year on year.


‘What could have happened would have been devastating’

14 February 2024
‘What could have happened would have been devastating’

‘What could have happened would have been devastating’

14 February 2024

A Thatcham shopkeeper has been fined for dangerously storing fireworks – and told he might face jail if he does it again.


Council cuts school admission numbers in two West Berkshire primary schools

13 February 2024
Council cuts school admission numbers in two West Berkshire primary schools

Council cuts school admission numbers in two West Berkshire primary schools

13 February 2024

Two West Berkshire schools are to have their admission numbers cut.


‘Please tell my wife that I love her and that there is food in the fridge!’

02 February 2024
‘Please tell my wife that I love her and that there is food in the fridge!’

‘Please tell my wife that I love her and that there is food in the fridge!’

02 February 2024

Roadworks are causing traffic chaos in Newbury.


4.99% council tax hike

02 February 2024
4.99% council tax hike

4.99% council tax hike

02 February 2024

West Berkshire Council’s new administration has announced its first budget.

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Public pressure wins reprieve for Newbury care home

01 February 2024
Public pressure wins reprieve for Newbury care home

Public pressure wins reprieve for Newbury care home

01 February 2024

People power has won a victory for the Willows Edge Care Home which was due to be closed by the council.


Network Rail investigates flooding on Reading line

24 January 2024
Network Rail investigates flooding on Reading line

Network Rail investigates flooding on Reading line

24 January 2024

Network Rail says ground works around the Green Park village area could have made recent flooding worse.


West Berkshire floods – looking to the future

19 January 2024
West Berkshire floods – looking to the future

West Berkshire floods – looking to the future

19 January 2024

The winter 2013/14 flood event significantly impacted nineteen parishes in West Berkshire.

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West Berkshire flooding: Who is to blame?

19 January 2024
West Berkshire flooding: Who is to blame?

West Berkshire flooding: Who is to blame?

19 January 2024

Investigations into West Berkshire flooding have begun.


Ten years on from the 2014 floods – what lessons has West Berkshire learned?

19 January 2024
Ten years on from the 2014 floods – what lessons has West Berkshire learned?

Ten years on from the 2014 floods – what lessons has West Berkshire learned?

19 January 2024

As the great mop up continues, Local Democracy Reporter Niki Hinman looks back to 2014.


First homes bought in £9m housing scheme to help refugees

18 January 2024
First homes bought in £9m housing scheme to help refugees

First homes bought in £9m housing scheme to help refugees

18 January 2024

West Berkshire Council has bought the first seven homes under a new scheme to support people displaced from Ukraine and Afghanistan.

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Newbury pedestrian scheme under the microscope for possible discrimination

18 January 2024
Newbury pedestrian scheme under the microscope for possible discrimination

Newbury pedestrian scheme under the microscope for possible discrimination

18 January 2024

Plans to pedestrianise Newbury town centre have been referred to the council’s watchdog – with claims it discriminates against disabled people.

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Strike action planned for AWE workers

15 January 2024
Strike action planned for AWE workers

Strike action planned for AWE workers

15 January 2024

Workers at AWE in Burghfield and Aldermaston are heading for strike action.


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