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Dean of Salisbury to become Bishop in Wales

A new appointment for the Dean of Salisbury Credit: Salisbury Cathedral

The Very Revd. June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury, has been chosen to be the 72nd Bishop of Llandaff, responsible for a diocese which serves most of Cardiff, the South Wales Valleys and the Vale of Glamorgan.

One of the most senior priests in England, June Osborne has served as Dean for the past 13 years, leading the ministry of Salisbury Cathedral. She was the first female Dean to be appointed to a medieval cathedral, having previously served as Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer for nearly 10 years.


Public will have their say on major plans for Reading

Councillor Tony Page is urging people to have their say Credit: Reading Council

Public consultation on a key planning document, providing a 20-year blueprint for Reading, begins on 3 May.

Reading Borough Council has been developing its Local Plan – a key strategic planning document to help guide future development in the town up to 2036.

The plan sets out how and where the Council will tackle meeting the substantial needs for development – including new homes – and how that will be balanced against the need to protect and enhance those aspects that make Reading unique.

When adopted, the Local Plan will become the main consideration in deciding planning applications in each local authority area.

This is a key consultation, the results of which will help influence and shape Reading over the next 20 years. I would urge people to take some time to have their say.

The acute need for housing in the south east – and in particular affordable housing – means Reading will continue to face huge pressures in terms of development. The Local Plan will determine what is and isn’t acceptable in terms of possible future development.

Aside from working with neighbouring authorities to accommodate more housing, the document highlights opportunities to make even more of Reading’s considerable heritage, not least the Council’s ongoing work to transform the Abbey Quarter into a major visitor attraction.

– Councillor Tony Page
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