Make no mistake, this is embarrassing
LAST WEEK’S Wokingham Paper contained a very embarrassing production error: page five reappeared on page six. We made a mistake just as we went to press and sadly didn’t spot it. We apologise to you for this.
The front page stories are on our website, wokingham.today.
With relation to last weekend’s town centre road closures, Wokingham Borough Council has asked us to print their response, which we are happy to do so:
Cllr Philip Mirfin, the Executive member for Regeneration, told The Wokingham Paper that one closure now was more preferable to one on Saturday and another one later on.
“It’s quite simple,” he said. “The concert closes the road every year and brings lots of people into the town and helps retailers as much as it can.
“This year, the decision to extend the closure was made in consultation with the council’s highways department to enable works in Market Place by HSBC.
“Without closures now, it means closures later, which would be silly.”
Cllr Mirfin also said that residents would be aware of other shorter, routes to take to avoid the six-mile diversions.
“Traffic between 8pm on Friday night and 6am is usually very light anyway,” he said.
While some have suggested re-opening Langborough Road for the duration of the Broad Street closures, Cllr Mirfin said it would be “too dangerous”, due to a deep trench that is currently in place by Denmark Street.
“People are already abusing the one-way system by the Duke’s Head, it is just too dangerous on that corner.
“We are where we are and we have a lot of work to do and we have to do it in the drier period,” he continued.
“It was never planned that the concert would clash with the Market Place works.”
How it should have looked: our original page 6 which didn’t make it to last week’s paper. A digital copy is available to download from wokingham.today