Reading predicted to be fastest-growing ‘city’ in UK until 2021

According to EY’s Regional Economic forecast, Reading is estimated to be the fastest growing city/town in the UK, with 2.3% Gross Value Added (GVA) growth per year, over the period 2018-2021.

The Thames Valley is not far behind with expected economic performance of 1.9% GVA until 2021.

Richard Baker, managing partner at EY in the Thames Valley, […]

100 trees planted behind new Braywick Leisure Centre to offset carbon footprint

100 sapling trees have been planted behind Braywick Leisure Centre creating a new woodland area at Braywick Park. The leisure centre is currently under construction and due for completion by mid-2020. The aim of planting the trees behind the site is to offset the carbon emissions generated by the project.

The trees were planted during a […]

Resident satisfaction in Maidenhead at all time high

High levels of resident satisfaction have been reported in the council residents’ survey, which exceeded the most recent Local Government Association’s national satisfaction levels.

The high-level results, of the externally commissioned survey, have just been released and show that in six core questions for LGA benchmarking, satisfaction levels exceed the most recent LGA national data in […]

Maidenheads improvements to town centre road network

This year will see the beginning of some improvements to Maidenhead’s town centre, road network and railway station. Over £4 million will be invested by the LEP and the council to fund these.

These projects come after estimations of increases in passengers accessing the station, as a result of the opening of the Elizabeth line and the possible future […]

Couple to cycle across India in their 12th charity challenge

Glenn Flegg, who owns Glenn Flegg and Co in Burnham High Street, is set to embark on ‘Cycle Rajasthan’, with wife Elaine to raise money for charity.

The couple will cycle more than 310 miles (500km) across the Rajasthan region in northern India this winter, taking in the Taj Mahal and the pink city of Jaipur, in […]

The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway

On Sunday night BBC2 aired another viewing of their documentary “The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway” a three-part series showing the remarkable construction process of tunnelling under London for the new Elizabeth Line.

The series follows the initial progress of the construction of the new TFL-run railway under London, following everything from engineering challenges and completion of […]

Thames Valley Science park offers a great opportunity for innovation

Following years of planning and development, the Thames Valley Science Park’s flagship ‘Gateway’ building opened its doors for business in March 2018.

The 70,000 sq ft building, which is owned by the University of Reading, offers flexible office and laboratory space and is part of a £35 million investment scheme into the Science Park. The first […]

Cookham farm donates thousands of pounds worth of turkeys to those in need this Christmas

As December begins and the count down to Christmas is upon us, thousands of pounds worth of turkeys have been donated as part of the Maidenhead Advertiser’s Cracker Appeal.

A total of 31 free range turkeys, valued at £3,069 (worth £99 each) have been donated to the appeal by Copas Traditional Turkeys.

The six-kilogram turkeys are raised […]

Thames valley supports the fight against plastic

Concerns around plastic usage and disposal have taken over the nation this year and various new legislation have been passed to ensure this epidemic is controlled. Thames Valley have been putting some measures into to place to confirm they are part of this anti-plastic movement to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment.

In October, a group […]

Work has begun for new Braywick Leisure Centre

The council is creating a state-of-the-art replacement for the ageing Magnet Leisure Centre at Braywick Park. The new Braywick Leisure Centre will provide a space for everyone to enjoy sports, arts and cultural events and is due to open at the end of 2020.

It will include bigger and better facilities than the Magnet Leisure Centre […]