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West Berks Covid infection rate highest since pandemic began

28 October 2021
West Berks Covid infection rate highest since pandemic began

West Berks Covid infection rate highest since pandemic began

28 October 2021

West Berkshire has the highest Covid rate in Berkshire – with cases doubling in the last week.


Waller Drive planners told to go back to drawing board

27 October 2021
Waller Drive planners told to go back to drawing board

Waller Drive planners told to go back to drawing board

27 October 2021

Waller Drive developers have been ticked off by Newbury Council for ‘hanging a noose of viability’ around their necks.


'Clear link' between lab and high Covid rates in Berkshire

26 October 2021
'Clear link' between lab and high Covid rates in Berkshire

'Clear link' between lab and high Covid rates in Berkshire

26 October 2021

A clear link is reflected between a lab which gave 'false negative' test results and current high Covid rates in places to the west of West Berkshire.


'We don't want Newbury to look like Basingstoke or Reading'

26 October 2021
'We don't want Newbury to look like Basingstoke or Reading'

'We don't want Newbury to look like Basingstoke or Reading'

26 October 2021

Revamped plans for developing the centre of Newbury have been criticised for trying to 'turn the town into Basingstoke or Reading’.

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'People should not be intimidated by those who attack from safety of their keyboards'

26 October 2021
'People should not be intimidated by those who attack from safety of their keyboards'

'People should not be intimidated by those who attack from safety of their keyboards'

26 October 2021

West Berkshire’s council leader says the stabbing of MP David Amess should not put people off public life.


The Willows school confident of good Ofsted rating as it reels from class number budget blow

22 October 2021
The Willows school confident of good Ofsted rating as it reels from class number budget blow

The Willows school confident of good Ofsted rating as it reels from class number budget blow

22 October 2021

The Willows Primary School in Newbury loses 34 pupil places in reception class intake affecting its budget for next year.


Beer festival licence review

22 October 2021
Beer festival licence review

Beer festival licence review

22 October 2021

A licence objection has been lodged against the Newbury Real Ale festival with claims that it encourages criminal behaviour and disorder.

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£41,000 a year to rent Monks Lane pitch from rugby club

19 October 2021
£41,000 a year to rent Monks Lane pitch from rugby club

£41,000 a year to rent Monks Lane pitch from rugby club

19 October 2021

Sport England has put in a 'holding objection' to West Berkshire Council's proposal for the Monks Lane Sports Hub.


'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.


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