Stories of the week: May 4 - 10

Stories of the week: May 4 - 10

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Amanda Hall

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Stories of the week: May 4 - 10

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.

VIDEO: Army troops first at the scene of Park Street fire

An investigation to establish the cause of a blaze which destroyed a house in Windsor’s Park Street is due to be launched today.

Firefighters were ‘damping down’ the building, which still had smoke billowing from it this morning, following last night’s fire which started at about 9.45pm.

Golden Harp campaign suffers set back

The campaign to save the Golden Harp suffered a setback last night when Royal Borough councillors opted not to enforce a planning direction relating to the Maidenhead pub.

Maidenhead development control panel was considering issuing an article 4 direction for the Furze Platt Road building.

Inspector asked to postpone Sheeplands hearing

Wokingham Borough Council (WBC) has asked the planning inspector to postpone an inquiry over unauthorised developments at Hare Hatch Sheeplands.

Cllr Keith Baker, cabinet member for planning at WBC, said the key planning officer on the case was unwell and wouldn't be fit for the inquiry, due to start at the council offices on Tuesday.

Campaigners call for new measures to ease traffic on busy A4

Campaigners remain unconvinced that traffic measures planned to minimise the impact of the revamped Bishop Centre in Taplow will work.

They are calling for new solutions to avoid the already busy Bath Road grinding to a halt when the redeveloped site becomes home to a major new Tesco store and other businesses.

The key route is used by an average of 23,000 vehicles daily and the addition of the £20m retail centre is expected to increase that number by 6,000.

Parents group formed as silent protest held over free school proposal

Prospective parents of Khalsa Secondary Academy pupils have launched a parents group in support of the free school proposals for Stoke Poges.

The group, which was formed following the proposed school's parents open evening on Thursday last week, want to ensure that it can open in Pioneer House in Hollybush Hill this September.

The parents evening was attended by more than 130 people.

Boris Berezovsky's body handed back to family

The family of Boris Berezovsky will finally be able to hold his funeral seven weeks after his death.

Thames Valley Police have confirmed today that the body was released to the family yesterday.

The Russian oligarch was found dead in the bathroom of his Ascot mansion, on Mill Lane on March 23.

The investigation into Mr Berezovsky’s death is still ongoing.

Tributes paid to Benjamin, 25, killed in South African crash tragedy

Friends and family have paid tribute to a talented young architect who was tragically killed in a car accident last month.

On Sunday, April 21, Benjamin Danks was travelling as a passenger in a car on his way to Durban airport in South Africa after attending his friend's father's wedding when the car was hit by a lorry jumping a red light.

The 25-year-old grew up in Cookham Dean and worked in Windsor after achieving a first class architecture degree at Manchester University.

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