Stories of the week: July 20-26

Stories of the week: July 20-26

Nick Mayo

Stories of the week: July 20-26

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.

Heatwave forces school to close early due to lack of air conditioning

The only school to break-up early because of the July heatwave was the Royal Borough's flagship £26m Manor Green School in Maidenhead - because it doesn't have air conditioning.

Headteacher Ania Hildrey described the move as 'one of the most controversial and disappointing actions' she has taken but said she had no choice as classroom temperatures soared to 30 degrees.

 Planning application submitted for £20m Morrisons store

Supermarket giant Morrisons has formally asked for the go-ahead to build a £20m store in Langley and said the move will help other traders - not hurt them.

The firm has earmarked the Langley Business Centre in Station Road as a site.

 Guilty verdict for Charvil woman accused of death by dangerous driving

A 38-year-old mother-of-two was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Victoria McClure, of Chilton Drive, Charvil, was convicted at Reading Crown Court following the fatal crash in Twyford last year.

Cyclist Anthony Hilson, a 46-year-old married dad from Lower Earley, was struck from behind and died at the scene from heart and chest injuries.

McClure will be sentenced at the same court on August 30.

 VIDEO: Rising singing star Lauren Aquilina

A teenage singer songwriter from Windsor is is hitting the heights in the charts.

Lauren Aquilina released her new EP Sinners on Monday.

The 18-year-old, who has just finished her A-levels at Windsor Girls' School, has had 2.5 million YouTube views.

She spoke to the Express about her fledgling career and sung too.

You can see her on tour in September.



  Barn blaze could cost landowner £100k

Landowner Tom Copas has been left to count the cost of a blaze which saw hundreds of tonnes of hay go up in flames at Mount Farm in Cookham Dean on Monday night.

A barn at the farm, off Choke Lane, caught fire at about 11.30pm on Monday night.


Fury over plans to axe Britwell Parish Council

Members of Slough Borough Council have been branded 'big bullies' over the move to scrap Britwell Parish Council.

It faces being abolished after a borough review flagged concerns about the parish council's 'ability to operate effectively and transparently'.

Marlow Bridge to be closed for most of August

Marlow Bridge will be closed to all vehicles for most of August while maintenance works take place.

The bridge, at the bottom of Marlow High Street, will be closed from August 5 until August 31, leaving the High Street inaccessible to vehicles between All Saints Church and Marlow Rowing Club.

Pedestrians will still be able to cross the bridge during the construction period.


Derelict High Street building is 'a health risk' and an 'eyesore'

A crumbling building in Burnham High Street is an eyesore and safety risk according to members of Think! Burnham.

Group chairman Simon Hedger has called for action from South Bucks District Council (SBDC) to address the state of the old RSK furniture shop.

In a letter to the authority's head of environment, Chris Marchant, he called for a use of its statutory powers to encourage the owner to make the building safe and presentable.

"The whole place has become derelict over a number of years and in our opinion has now reached the point where it is a risk to the public," he said.

Windsor FC 'kicked in the teeth' by burglars

The founder at Windsor FC says criminals have 'attacked the community' after it was ransacked by raiders.

The Stag Meadow ground in St Leonard's Road was broken into between 1-8am on Saturday.

The thieves broke in through the front gates before smashing doors to the club's main building, damaging the bar area and stealing drinks and iPods.

The club’s kit room was then targeted. Footballs and kit worth more than £1,500 were swiped.

VIDEO: Timmy Mallett adds Prince George to the 'ring-a-royal' phone box

The newest member of the monarchy has already been added to the 'ring-a-royal' phone box.

Armed with his brushes, Timmy Mallett got straight to work in Windsor on Wednesday morning and added a pram containing Prince George behind the Duchess of Cambridge.

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