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Summary

  1. A new cycle-route through Reading is due to get the green light by the council.
  2. Average council tax bills in Windsor and Maidenhead will rise from April.
  3. A road in Windsor remains closed after part of a Grade II listed building collapsed.
  4. Cloudy with outbreaks of rain today.

Live Reporting

By Anna Browning and Emma Midgley

All times stated are UK

  1. That's all for today

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    Thank you for joining us again today.

    We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 with all Berkshire's latest news, travel, sport and weather. 

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  2. Evening headlines

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    • Average council tax bills in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will rise by £36 a year from April.
    • Plans to build new, expansive cycle-routes through Reading are expected to get the green light by Reading Borough Council this evening.
    • A new education funding formula will result in cuts at Berkshire schools, teachers’ unions have claimed.
    • A road in Windsor remains closed after part of a Grade II listed building collapsed.
  3. Road remains closed after building collapse

    Tara Maxwell

    BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

    A Windsor road remains closed today after part of a Grade II listed building collapsed on Friday. 

    St Albans Street is closed between Castle Hill and Church Lane. 

    The building is said to be the former home of Nell Gwynn, the 17th century mistress of King Charles II.

    The damaged building in St Albans Street
  4. Broken down car causes M4 delays

    Delays on M4 because of broken down car
  5. Unions claim Berkshire schools will miss out under new funding formula

    Toby Wadey

    BBC South

    A new education funding formula proposed by the government will result in cuts, teachers' unions have claimed. 

    An alliance of six unions representing school staff have published a "league table" of England's 533 parliamentary constituencies, showing that schools in each one stand to lose out under the plan.  

    They say these Berkshire locations will lose the following amounts as a result of the proposals:

    • Maidenhead - £377 per pupil 
    • Slough - £574 per pupil
    • Windsor - £349 per pupil
    • Reading East - £403 per pupil
    • Reading West - £382 per pupil
    • Newbury - £423 per pupil
    • Bracknell - £206 per pupil

    The government said the formula would end a "postcode lottery" in school funding.

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  6. Council tax rise to fund rising social care costs

    Tara Maxwell

    BBC Radio Berkshire newsreader

    Average council tax bills in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will rise by £36 a year from April. 

    The authority's putting rates up by just under 4% to help cover steep rises in the costs of providing services for older residents. 

    David Coppinger, the councillor in charge of finances, told BBC Radio Berkshire that demand for these services is continuing to grow. 

    He added: "The pressure from adult social care is likely to increase." 

  7. Lord Alfred Dubs to speak at Holocaust event

    Lord Alfred Dubs will be the keynote speaker at this year's Reading Holocaust Memorial Evening.

    The 84-year-old arrived in the UK in 1939 after fleeing the persecution of Jews in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

    The annual event will be held on 25 January at the town's Civic Offices. 

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  8. New cycle routes in Reading set for the go-ahead

    Plans to build new, expansive cycle-routes through Reading are expected to get the green light by Reading Borough Council this evening.

    It'll end up fitting into an ambitious cross-Berkshire cycle route that spans the county. 

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    Video caption: The work will eventually be part of a new cross-Berkshire cycle route.
  9. All I want for Christmas...is a Stephen Fry Gnome

    Earlier BBC Radio Berkshire's Sarah Walker was asking for your memories of building 3D models for a school project.

    Steve from Spencers Wood went one better, and told the story of a rather unusual Christmas present. 

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    Video caption: Steve from Spencers Wood had to deal with an obscure request from his granddaughter.
  10. 'The UK is now at the front of the queue'

    Sarah Lee

    BBC South

    President Obama's claim that the UK would be at the back of the queue for a new US trade deal if it left the EU has been challenged. 

    Ted Malloch, a professor at Henley Business School in Reading, who is expected to be confirmed as Donald Trump's ambassador to the EU, says the UK is at the front of the queue for US trade.

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    Video caption: Obama's claim the UK would be at the back of the queue for a US trade deal is challenged.
  11. Paul Daniels celebrated by Magic Circle

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

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    Paul Daniels

    The magician Paul Daniels died in March aged 77, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. 

    He was at his Berkshire home with wife Debbie McGee when he died.

    Debbie and Paul
  12. Weather latest: Damp afternoon ahead

    The murky start to the day is set to continue this afternoon with more rain and cloud forecast 

    It is expected to become dry by early evening but will remain chilly with temperatures dipping to 4C overnight. 

    BBC weather forecast for Berkshire
  13. Reading's cycle network is 'fragmented' says Reading Green councillor

    Reading Green Party councillor  Rob White has been talking to BBC Radio Berkshire about the new cross-Berkshire cycle route, and what it's like cycling in Reading.

    He says it's time to improve the town's cycle route. 

    Quote Message: At the moment Reading's cycle network is fragmented ... you cycle on the cycle lane for a little bit and then it ends. You end up on the pavement having to give way to cars coming out of side roads and giving way to pedestrians. from Rob White Reading Green Party councillor
    Rob WhiteReading Green Party councillor
  14. Reading Borough Council is expected to give the go-ahead to new cycle routes in the town

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    Video caption: The work will eventually be part of a new cross-Berkshire cycle route.
  15. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A34 Hampshire northbound

    BBC Travel

    A34 Hampshire northbound severe disruption, between A343 and A4 Bath Road.

    A34 Hampshire - A34 blocked and very slow traffic northbound between Highclere turn off in Broad Laying and the A4 Bath Road junction in Newbury, because of a vehicle fire.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  16. Designs for new cycle path 'poorly thought through'

    Emma Midgley

    BBC South

    Adrian Lawson, the chairman of the Reading Cycle Campaign, says he's not impressed by the proposals for a new cycle path which will run along the Bath Road in Reading. 

    Quote Message: If too many cyclists use it it will be absolute chaos. It doesn't take you into the town centre." from Adrian Lawson Chair of the Reading Cycle Campaign
    Adrian LawsonChair of the Reading Cycle Campaign

    A plan to build the Reading section of a cross-Berkshire cycle route is set for approval at a council meeting later.

    The first Reading section of the £450,000 route will see a combination of shared cycle and pedestrian facilities built by the council on the northern side of the Bath Road, running between the borough boundary and along the Bath Road to Southcote Road, and advanced stop lines at signalised junctions.