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Stories of the week: December 10-16

The Advertiser and Express websites bring you a round-up of the week's top stories from across east Berkshire each weekend.

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Council to become a private landlord

Multi-million-pound plans that will see the Royal Borough become a private property manager and developer were approved on Tuesday.

The Cabinet Regeneration Sub Committee approved the initial five-year business plan for the RBWM Property Company Ltd, formerly known as Two 5 Nine.


Feature: Time to act to help save your paper

“The Advertiser and Express has fought countless battles on behalf of the community we serve. But now we face a battle of our own –small local papers like us are facing a threat to their very survival, not to mention their ability to fulfil their crucial role as guardians of local democracy.

“That may sound overly-dramatic. I wish it was. Sadly, it is not.”


Plans submitted for £72m Heatherwood Hospital redevelopment

Official plans for the proposed multi-million pound redevelopment of Ascot’s Heatherwood Hospital have been submitted to the Royal Borough.

The Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust (FHFT), which runs both Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals, wants to knock down the existing buildings on the site and spend £72million on a new non-emergency care hospital.


Pictures & Video: Norden Farm's lantern parade returns

A dark drizzly evening was transformed when the eighth annual Norden Farm Lantern Parade returned to the town centre on Saturday.

More than 400 handmade lanterns made their way through the high street led by the Beatroots Samba Band from Reading. The parade was organised by Norden Farm and in the five weeks leading up to it family workshops were held at the arts centre for people to make their own lanterns.


Fly-tipping turns Langley road into 'wasteland'

Calls to clear up a ‘wasteland’ have been made by frustrated residents and councillors following the increase in fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour in Hollow Hill Lane, Langley.

The road has been closed since Slough Borough Council (SBC) decided to shut Chequers Bridge, which divides Hollow Hill Lane and Market Lane, as part of an experimental traffic order to assess its impact on Langley’s traffic.


Police investigate attempted kidnap in Windsor

An incident during which a man offered a woman a lift home before trying to grab her is being treated as attempted kidnap by police.

At about 8.10pm on Thursday, a woman in her late teens to early 20s was walking along Dedworth Road, Windsor, opposite the Fairacres Industrial Estate.


Police appeal for witnesses after teenager is sexually assaulted

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl in Slough.

At about 4pm on Thursday, the victim was walking towards a bus stop with her friend outside Sainsbury’s on the A412 close to Yew Tree Road, where a man was urinating.

The man then touched the girl over her clothing and walked away towards Sainsbury’s.


Police investigate report of man seen 'enjoying himself' with trousers down in garden

An investigation has been launched following a report a man was ‘enjoying himself’ with his pants down in a garden in Taplow.

A Burnham Neighbourhood Watch email alert, sent on Friday, said police were after information about a male intruder in women's garden who had been seen looking into houses.


Dazzling Christmas display lights up Burnham street

For the past five years a 44-year-old father-of-two from Burnham has brought festive cheer to his street with a spectacular Christmas lights display.

Every year, Chris Herring, a mobile concrete pump driver, launches his flamboyant festive display with a switch-on party for his neighbours outside his home in Coalmans Way.


Primary school league tables released for Maidenhead, Windsor and Slough

Statistics tracking pupil progress from the end of Key Stage One to the end of Key Stage Two across the country were released on Thursday.

Each primary school was ranked, looking at progress in reading, writing and maths, as well as the school's performance against the government’s ‘expected standard’.

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