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Tower block looks set to be given go ahead

Plans for a Tower block in Reading look set for approval this week. The 23 storey tower will be home to apartments, a cinema and open rooftop space.

How the new building will look Credit: Lochailort Reading Ltd.

Lochailort Reading has applied for permission to build the tower, which contains 315 apartments, on the old BMW dealership site in Napier Road.

The application follows the council's rejection of its plan to build three towers as part of the Swan Heights Development.

The council has recommended accepting the new plan, which will see the demolition of the existing car park and the building of a "landmark building" when it meets on Wednesday.


Two-week strike by British Airways cabin crew

The dispute over pay is continuing Credit: ITV

British Airways cabin crew are to stage a two-week strike as their long-running dispute over pay continues.

Members of Unite in the so-called mixed fleet will walk out from July 1 to 16, just days ahead of the school holidays.

A four-day strike was suspended to allow fresh talks with BA bosses.

It is understood that Unite is taking legal cases on behalf of 1,400 members who say their travel benefits have been taken away because of taking part in previous strikes.

The union says the so-called mixed fleet cabin crew, who joined BA since 2010, are on lower pay than other staff.

BA says mixed fleet cabin crew's pay and rewards are in line with cabin crew at competitor airlines.

New cabin crew in their first year working full time at British Airways will receive more than £21,000 based on pay, allowances, incentives and bonus, said the airline.


Busiest ever May for Gatwick

May was a record month for Gatwick Credit: ITV

Gatwick Airport has had its busiest ever May. The airport in Sussex says four million passengers passed through last month - six point seven per cent up on last year. The most popular destinations were Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale.

Thousands attend Lexicon development job fair

The Lexicon development in Bracknell is one of the Thames Valley's biggest ever regenerations and thousands of people went along to the job fair to see if they could be part of it.

It is hoped it will create a new heart in the previously run down town centre.

It will include new shops, restaurants and a 12 screen cinema and is set to open to the public in September.

Construction on the £240 million project began in March 2015.

The firm behind the development have promised the creation of thousands of new positions.

Our reporter Mel Bloor went along to meet some of the jobseekers.

Mel spoke to Simon Russian from the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership.

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