Stories of the Week: February 15-21

Stories of the Week: February 15-21

Stories of the Week: February 15-21

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.

Ambitious plans to create a flagship town civic quarter

Ambitious plans to create a flagship town civic quarter centring around a thriving public square have been floated by the Royal Borough.

Proposals include building three new offices, 250 homes, a cafe, restaurant and cultural facilities for entertainment, heritage and the arts close to the town hall and library in the ‘York Road opportunity area’.

Haymill murder suspect appears in court

A murder suspect has appeared in court after the body of a woman was found in Lowestoft Drive on Monday.

Michael Wenham appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court accused of killing Karolina Nowikiewicz.

No plans to cancel Legoland event despite hate preacher outcry

Legoland Windsor has confirmed it has no intention to cancel plans to privately hire the park to a Muslim foundation led by one of the top 25 hate preachers in Britain.

Last week the Winkfield Road theme park revealed it had hired out the site to the Muslim Research and Development Fund (MRDF) for the day on Sunday, March 9.


LIVE BLOG: Floods hit Berkshire and Buckinghamshire

Our live blog kept readers up to date with all the latest news as flooding hit the area.

Take a look at the photos, videos and updates and visits from Prince William and Harry, David Cameron and Ed Miliband and more.

Sports Podcast: Debate on the weekend's top sports stories

Our experts - sports editor Graeme Copas and sports reporter Dan Darlington - delve into the weekend's biggest sports stories for the weekly podcast with presenter Michael Owens.

On this week’s show the team focus on Slough Town's race for promotion in the Southern League Central Division after they ran out winners in an eight-goal thriller at Holloways Park.

'IRA' claims 'responsibility' for Slough bomb scare

A group claiming to be the 'IRA' has claimed responsibility for a Slough bomb scare which saw the Queensmere Observatory shopping centre evacuated last week.

A suspect package was discovered at the army careers office, in the shopping centre, on Thursday, February 13.

Another six devices were found in Brighton, Reading, Aldershot, Oxford, Kent and Canterbury.


Golden Harp campaigners will 'not let up' even when Tesco opens

Campaigners have insisted they will continue to make life as difficult as possible for Tesco as it prepares to open an Express store on the site of the former Golden Harp pub.The Furze Platt Action Group (FPAG) says it 'will not let up' and is planning to stage a demonstration when the store in Furze Platt Road, Maidenhead opens its doors in the spring.

Borough Local Plan Q&A with Cllr MJ Saunders

Public consultation is taking place on the draft Royal Borough Local Plan which identifies 23 greenbelt sites where houses could be built.

It is part of the process to provide 12,000 new homes by 2030, a target set for the council by the Government.

Simon Meechan asked the council's cabinet member for planning and property, Cllr MJ Saunders, how important the plan is and why people need to have their say.


Noctor murder trial: Defendant admits 'behaviour wasn't great'

A husband and father accused of the murder of a man in Windsor has admitted his behaviour on the fateful night 'wasn't great' - but denies being involved in the stabbing. Lahin Miah, 26, is one of four defendants accused of killing Seán Noctor, from Dedworth, in The Goswells on Sunday, July 28.



Video: Residents oppose developing flood-hit Spencers Farm

Proposals to build houses in Spencers Farm have angered people who live in neighbouring streets.

The 20 hectare site to the north of Lutman Lane is one of 23 greenbelt areas which the Royal Borough is considering opening up for development as part of the Borough Local Plan.




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