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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.


Levelling up cash for rural businesses in West Berks

13 January 2024
Levelling up cash for rural businesses in West Berks

Levelling up cash for rural businesses in West Berks

13 January 2024

Rural businesses in West Berkshire are being encouraged to apply for funding from the council.


Last minute objection to traveller site plan

11 January 2024
Last minute objection to traveller site plan

Last minute objection to traveller site plan

11 January 2024

There has been a last minute objection to a multi-million pound upgrade at the traveller site linked to the death of PC Andrew Harper.


Flood forum announced in West Berkshire

11 January 2024
Flood forum announced in West Berkshire

Flood forum announced in West Berkshire

11 January 2024

West Berkshire residents are being invited to a flood forum to discuss the district’s recent drenching.


Flood investigation after unexpected areas hit

10 January 2024
Flood investigation after unexpected areas hit

Flood investigation after unexpected areas hit

10 January 2024

West Berkshire Council is setting up an investigation into recent flooding in the district – after unexpected areas deluged.

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Flats proposed for disused hotel

09 January 2024
Flats proposed for disused hotel

Flats proposed for disused hotel

09 January 2024

Plans have been submitted for 32 flats to be created at a disused hotel in Padworth.


Council will not challenge Government on West Berks Local Plan

05 January 2024
Council will not challenge Government on West Berks Local Plan

Council will not challenge Government on West Berks Local Plan

05 January 2024

West Berkshire Council has confirmed it will not challenge the Government on the Local Plan.


Retail units in Newtown Road could be flats

05 January 2024
Retail units in Newtown Road could be flats

Retail units in Newtown Road could be flats

05 January 2024

Two blocks of nine flats could be built on Newtown Road in Newbury.


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