Make no mis­take, this is em­bar­rass­ing

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

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

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