IN this week’s Newbury Weekly News, vulnerable children in the district are at risk of harm because of ‘serious failures’ by West Berkshire Council, a damning Ofsted report has revealed.
The report into council-run children’s services says that leadership in the department “required improvement”, while there were also concerns over the high level of staff turnover and “over-reliance on agency staff”.
In other news, a driver knocked down a police officer rather than be arrested, Newbury magistrates heard.
Ross James Lawrence, of Flecker Close, Thatcham, then sped off on the wrong side of the road in Park Lane, the court was told.
Also this week, the row over parking outside Robert Sandilands School in Speen has resurfaced again after Newbury Town Council objected to plans to build a convenience store next to a nearby pub.
Many parents believe that the proposals for the new shop – submitted by the pub’s owners Punch Taverns – would increase traffic flow around the school, make parking more difficult and having a negative impact on the local shop, Brummel Road Stores.
Meanwhile, councillors have voted to give themselves a raise following recommendations to increase the amount they are paid in allowances.
The Basic Allowance will rise by 16.5 per cent after advice from an independent remuneration panel for all 52 councillors at West Berkshire Council.
In this week’s Hungerford edition of the Newbury Weekly News, the battle for the future health of the River Lambourn continues.
Campaigners say the matter may end up in the court.
In Thatcham this week, town planners and businesses are still waiting for news on a project deemed vital to Thatcham’s regeneration.
The anticipation follows an application for the Kingsland Centre - originally approved in 2007 – being renewed in March.
And on the Hampshire pages, Ashford Hill villagers have stepped up their battle to prevent a green field opposite the primary school being built on.
Their borough councillor also speaks about the £750,000 cost to taxpayers of fighting developers’ appeals, owing to the lack of a Local Plan.
Our series of astronomical augmented reality images continue with Saturn.
You can view the sixth planet and its rings by downloading our award winning Newburyi3d app –available from Google Play and the App store.
Our commemorative coverage of the First World War continues its focus on the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
This week, we look at Newbury man Lionel Arthur Harris who was killed during the landings at Suvla Bay in 1915.
As always, there’s also a roundup of the week’s entertainment and sport, and of course this week’s £25 free fuel giveaway.
All this, plus more, in the Newbury Weekly News, on sale every Thursday.