The former home of Wokingham town centre's only nightclub is to be turned into offices and shops. The Spin Bar and Nightclub closed in December 2017 and has been empty ever since. Wokingham Borough Council's Planning Committee voted to approve the plans to convert the bottom floor of Alexandra House in Denmark Street. The move, which is a plan from the council itself, will create 10 new jobs, but councillors grumbled about the lack of parking spaces, which mean staff will have to use nearby public car parks. Councillor Maria Gee, ward member for Wescott, submitted a comment read out at the planning meeting which outlined her "regret" at the lack of parking spaces in light of the council's car parking strategy. Changes to the site would add 264 square metres of additional space in the town centre, which could provide four new retail units and more office space. At the meeting, Cllr Gee questioned why the authority was converting the site to office space given the current level of this … [Read more...] about Former Wokingham nightclub will be come offices and shops
Barely 30 seconds had elapsed when Everton's Mason Holgate – on loan at West Bromwich Albion – introduced Aston Villa's Anwar El Ghazi to this feisty West Midlands derby.Holgate was schooled in the game at neighbouring Barnsley and polished up from being a rough diamond on Merseyside having followed John Stones across the Pennines to join the Blues as a raw teenager back in 2015. Holgate is no hatchet man though. His tackle, although firm, was fair. And he showed over the 120 minutes of this energy-sapping contest as two of the Football League's founder members along with Everton back in 1888 battled to try and secure a Wembley shot at a top-flight return that there are far more strings to his bow. The home side's Craig Dawson netted the only goal of the evening in the 29th minute but he, Holgate and their team-mates had to endure the final 40 minutes of play with 10 men and subsequent 27% possession after captain Chris Brunt was sent off for a second bookable … [Read more...] about Could Mason Holgate be poised for a fresh start at Everton?
A huge number of young drivers have admitted that would struggle to drive to new places without apps and sat navs. Less than 2% of 18-24-year-olds said that they'd be confident using a paper map and road signs to reach their destinations. When asked by Leasing Options, 97% of respondents said that they'd feel stressed if their sat nav or map app stopped working. Despite the huge number, 80% admitted that they've still gotten lost while using their relied-upon technology. Furthermore, three out of five said that they woudn't drive to a new place if they didn't have digital assistance. As a result of their dependency on digital directions, more than a third of drivers say their sense of direction has gotten worse. And that number was even larger among those aged over 35 - four out of five of those motorists commented on their diminished sense of direction. Many say that they don't carry a paper map in their car - fewer than 20% have a physical alternative to the sat nav, and only … [Read more...] about Young people would be useless at driving without sat navs
Plans to build homes on a former school site are set to be approved, despite concerns over the loss of trees. Next week, South Tyneside Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for the former Boldon C of E Primary School site, off Rectory Bank. The school closed in 2009 - despite a 4,100-name parent protest petition - and was demolished last year. Now, developer Karbon Homes aims to build 16 properties on the site which will be available under a 'rent to buy' scheme. This includes 10 three-bed and six four-bed homes - some three-storeys high - providing much-needed low cost housing. The Karbon Homes scheme relates mainly to the former school building and playground area - not its playing fields. However, the application hit several barriers during consultation including an objection from Sport England over the potential impact on playing fields. Although this was later withdrawn, the council's own officers raised concerns over the loss of trees - a view shared by the West … [Read more...] about Homes could be built on former school site
Mr Thompson said when the committee met in April, it was instead advised that the matter had been handed over to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption. Winston Thompson An investigation is expected to be carried out by the University of the South Pacific into how a confidential document has been leaked before necessary investigations had been carried out. The document contains allegations against many individuals, including the university’s pro-chancellor, chair of the USP Council and chair of the executive committee of the council Winston Thompson. In a statement, Mr Thompson said: “I am concerned and disappointed that a confidential document containing unsubstantiated allegations against many individuals, including myself has been leaked before any of the others have even seen the allegations and before any of us have had a chance to refute them.” Mr Thompson said the … [Read more...] about Winston Thompson: Leaked Documents Will Be Investigated