Jamie Wake 2014 Independent Candidate for Whitley ward in the Reading Local Elections
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    April 29th, 2012jamiewakerdgPlanning Applications

    While trawling planning applications to see what might affect people here in Whitley, I noticed that St James – the developers of Kennet Island – have submitted a planning application to change the use of what was the Dentist (Unit 9) on the piazza so that they can extend their offices.

    This time last year the dentist ceased trading.  It only accepted private patients and many people didn’t use it.  At the time, the Dentist flanked the Piazza alongside a Shop, Unisex Hair Salon and a Cafe.  Now we only have the Island Lounge, a residents gym (managed by Hallmark) and a shop which is trying to regain trust back from the residents.  A proposed Chemist was never completed and promised Cash Machines were never installed either.  Apart from the Island Lounge and the gym, the central piazza is hardly used.

    I belive that St James should be working with residents to identify amenities that they need.  St James should then actively pursue them.  The piazza should be a thriving central part of the Kennet Island Community.  A Surgery, Chemist and Dentist is highly desired by residents.

    Of course, any residents wishing to comment on this Planning Application can do so by visiting the Planning Portal at http://planning.reading.gov.uk and searching for 12/00625/FUL.

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