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In this week's Newbury Weekly News

IN this week’s Newbury Weekly News, after years of speculation and discussion, the proposed access roads serving Newbury’s largest ever housing development have finally been confirmed.

Four access roads will serve the proposed 2,000 homes at Sandleford Park; two will come from Monk's Lane, a third will come from the A339, while the fourth will be via Warren Road. 

In other news, the former chief executive of Newbury Town Council resigned because he felt that it did not protect him from 'bullying and intimidation'.

Graham Hunt told an employment tribunal in Reading that the town council did not follow the correct procedure after he complained about the conduct of former deputy leader Ruwan Uduwerage Perera (Lib Dem).

Also this week, a High Street chain has warned parents they can’t buy alcohol if they have their children with them.

One angry shopper has boycotted the Co-op after staff refused to serve her cans of lager for her husband because her teenage son was with her.

Meanwhile, Compton closure one of the countries’ leading animal testing facilities based at Compton will close six months ahead of schedule, the company told The Newbury Weekly News this week.

However, one villager has branded the decision to close and relocate the facility which employs more than 250 people “callous”.

In this week’s Hungerford edition of the Newbury Weekly News, is the Community of Hungerford Theatre Company facing the final curtain after 30 years?

Planners have recommended refusal for a plea to store vital props and costumes in a sports field.

In Thatcham this week, the MP for Newbury, Richard Benyon, has urged the government to commit to funding flood defences for the town.

People in the town centre have also shared their views on designs for refreshing the town centre and there’s also a round-up of the Cold Ash St Mark’s School fete.

And on the Hampshire pages, A Kingsclere pre-school has appealed against its latest Ofsted report, which has seen it drop by two grades from outstanding to requires improvement in six years.

The education pages will look at an out of school club based in Hampstead Norrey’s which has plummeted from “Good” to “Inadequate” by Ofsted.

The damning inspection for the Acorn’s Out of School Club said that it compromised the safety of the children there.

Our award-winning augmented reality image this week is Utahraptor. The carnivore, with a name meaning Utah’s predator, is the largest known dinosaur of the ‘raptor’ family; reaching up to 23ft long.  

Download the newburyi3d app from Google Play or the App Store to bring this beast to life.

Our commemorative coverage of the First World War looks at two men from Newbury who fought at Gallipoli and in France.

As always, there’s also a roundup of the week’s entertainment and sport, and of course this week’s £25 free fuel giveaway.

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