Stories of the week: March 9-15

Stories of the week: March 9-15

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Steve Scott

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Stories of the week: March 9-15

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

Visit our websites every Saturday for the main news stories over the last seven days in Maidenhead, Slough, Windsor, Twyford and Burnham. Click on the links to read the full story.


1. Retail unit closures up and footfall down in Windsor and Eton

More than 44 retail units are gathering dust in Windsor and Eton town centres with the normally resilient upper Peascod Street suffering most. Figures released show 10-11 per cent of the 440 shop spaces are empty, up from nine per cent in March last year.

2. Maidenhead High Street to be repaved for £400k

Shoppers can look forward to a new-look town centre when work to repave a 125m stretch of Maidenhead High Street gets underway. Starting on April 22 the pavement between Queen Street junction and Costa Coffee will be completely repaved in the first phase of a planned £400,000 upgrade funded by the Royal Borough.

3. Discovery of 5,700-year-old houses unearted in Horton

Archaeologists unearthed four Neolithic houses at a quarry in Horton thought to make up one of the oldest settlements ever found in England. The 5,700-year-old foundations to homes were discovered at Kingsmead Quarry by excavators Wessex Archaeology.

4. Council apologises after council tax error

The Royal Borough apologised after a computer error led to some residents being sent incorrect council tax bills. The error was spotted by residents who pay their council tax by direct debit, with 'a number of' bills featuring the wrong total for the amount owed.

5. Sports commentator Tony Gubba dies aged 69

The sports presenter and commentator Tony Gubba died following a short illness, his family confirmed. Mr Gubba, who lived in Sonning, spent much of his career at the BBC but recently found a new audience waxing lyrical for the ITV series Dancing on Ice.

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