Jackson's Corner - to be a new "restaurant quarter"?

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I could definitely go for that - spent 6 months working in Peru and loved some of the food out there; ceviche, jalea, anticuchos de corazon, all washed down with some Cusquena beer and maybe a Pisco Sour or two. Bring it on!
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I agree! It will be great to have a cuisine that's not been represented before in Reading (to my knowledge).
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No cuy on the menu though. Very disappointing.
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Fed-up wrote: 22 Dec 2017 16:16 No cuy on the menu though. Very disappointing.
Haha. I had one in Peru once, the meat was fine although there wasn't much of it. It was ruined with coriander though.
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Coincidentally I found it to be a bit like guinea fowl - small, greasy and full of fiddly little bones. Didn't bother to have it a second time!
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I found it quite tasty, if lacking in quantity.
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doesn't look like any work is actually taking place at Jacksons though. Been dead for months.
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There was actually some activity a week ago, for a couple of days. Workmen filling up a lorry with old wood etc, but yes the whole site has been eerily quiet since the hoardings went up. Wonder if they've lined up a replacement for Busaba Eathai yet?
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Jack Strop wrote: 24 Dec 2017 07:34 There was actually some activity a week ago, for a couple of days. Workmen filling up a lorry with old wood etc, but yes the whole site has been eerily quiet since the hoardings went up. Wonder if they've lined up a replacement for Busaba Eathai yet?
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The new restuarants that have opened near by are very pricy!
Not sure who the punters are but I students and locals will struggle to afford the London prices of the burgers.
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GaryyHill wrote: 10 Jan 2018 18:55 The new restuarants that have opened near by are very pricy!
Not sure who the punters are but I students and locals will struggle to afford the London prices of the burgers.
“London prices of the burgers” 😂
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I don't understand who buys these burgers that are 6 inches thick. How the hell do you eat them? A whopper does me! I'm cheap, what can I say?
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I wish they'd hurry up and do something with it - the hoardings make the narrow pavements even narrower, especially when the bus stops are busy with people waiting.
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bert wrote: 16 Jan 2018 11:13 I wish they'd hurry up and do something with it - the hoardings make the narrow pavements even narrower, especially when the bus stops are busy with people waiting.
I agree. Even before the hoardings went up, there was not really enough space for the bus stops there. I often catch the bus there, and sometimes you get three buses at the stop, with dozens of people struggling to board the right one or wait for one of the other routes that serve the stop. Then you get Mums with double buggies trying to get the library and the result is something close to a riot.

I seem to recall plans to redesign that bit of road to provide wider pavements and more space for the bus stops. But not sure what happened to it.
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^Yep, I agree, Chris. It's a bit of an accident waiting to happen I think, folk have to duck down on the roads or walk between the bus shelter and road and could quite easily see someone getting clipped by a bus. Hopefully the Jackson's developers get round to sorting something out soon.
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There's been more activity over the last few days. Still the same relatively small van, piled high with old timber, but looking through the hoarding entrance, there seems to have been some quite extensive demolition inside Jacksons.
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I was passing Jackson's corner today and got this photo taken from behind. Seems they cleared a lot of old Victorian extensions
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There has been a long running thread of FB about this by a good gentleman named Callum Cromwell who also gets / posts some good images
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Old.Rea ... &ref=notif


On item of note is that most of what has been knocked down was behind the front facia / building (which hasn’t been touched) and was mostly ‘later’ built warehouse type structures / store areas etc

2 images from the FB thread showing that -
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chris_j_wood wrote: 16 Jan 2018 11:31

I agree. Even before the hoardings went up, there was not really enough space for the bus stops there. I often catch the bus there, and sometimes you get three buses at the stop, with dozens of people struggling to board the right one or wait for one of the other routes that serve the stop. Then you get Mums with double buggies trying to get the library and the result is something close to a riot.

I seem to recall plans to redesign that bit of road to provide wider pavements and more space for the bus stops. But not sure what happened to it.
Quite agree - it's been a disgrace for a long time. There's hardly any traffic in that road apart from buses. It could indeed be much improved with wide pavements and perhaps even a few TREES. It could even become quite an attractive stretch of road !
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pwpriory wrote: 09 Feb 2018 08:48 Quite agree - it's been a disgrace for a long time. There's hardly any traffic in that road apart from buses. It could indeed be much improved with wide pavements and perhaps even a few TREES. It could even become quite an attractive stretch of road !
They should not have put the traffic island there, then the footway could have been widened.

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Work on Jackson's seems astonishingly slow. Nothing happens apart from occasional visits by a small lorry with bits of wood etc. being carried out. Looking in the door last week they still appear to be slowly clearing the space at the back. It is almost like a DIY development with someone working in their spare time.

I would have expected the demolition of the buildings at the back and clearance to take a few weeks and work proper to have started on the buildings on the street months ago. Someone has paid money to buy the site and would want to get on with things as soon as possible to get a return. Or maybe they have money problems?

Does anyone know what is going on?
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Somebody owns the site but it may be that they are having trouble getting tenants for the proposed restaurant spaces. I have heard stories that the proposed rents for units there were very high, which at a time when the "casual dining" sector is struggling may well be putting potential tenants off. It may well therefore be that the clearance is being organised by the site owner, and having no immediate tenants (or income from the site) it may be that he's getting it done on the cheap by a builder who is coming along and doing the odd bit when he's quiet between bigger jobs, rather than the owner paying out more cash to get it done at full speed because there's nobody itching to move in.
Just a theory.
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Pooneil wrote: 17 Apr 2018 08:49 Somebody owns the site but it may be that they are having trouble getting tenants for the proposed restaurant spaces.
That wouldn't surprise me, but there are only three restaurants and thirty-odd flats. You'd think they'd want to get the flats completed even if they didn't complete the restaurants.
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Agreed.
Presumably any kitchen area would be finished to a certain level with gas and water plumbed and walls ceilings and extraction to the outside fitted, even if final equipment positioning was left to the tenants. Also makes sense to supply certain facilities back to back. Once that has been done, any disruption due to fit out is minimised to the residents

The restaurant space can also be used as a space for the building work facilities when working on the flats/ adding a new roof
I am no builder but I would have thought that a quick completion of the residential work and fabric of the building would bring in cash and allow more time to find tenants for the food side. There is no doubt that the flats would sell quickly .
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Have any formal planning applications gone in yet?

Had a quickie look and cannot see anything on the portal
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OLDMAN wrote: 17 Apr 2018 09:36 Have any formal planning applications gone in yet?

Had a quickie look and cannot see anything on the portal
There have been two versions approved, the latest being 171238.
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Cheers - I did a search just on Kings Rd and it didn't come up with this one!
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Noticed that they've begun assembling a crane, in the space behind the Jackson's Corner frontage, this week.
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Jack Strop wrote: 03 May 2018 12:21 Noticed that they've begun assembling a crane, in the space behind the Jackson's Corner frontage, this week.
They need that to lift big stuff up and over the frontage etc. as it won't go through the building

And guessing that may lead to some road closures during the times they lift really big stuff in
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Interesting development.

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/counc ... n-reading/

I assume the officer(s) responsible will not get any Christmas bonus this year.
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He will get a backhander from the developer.
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C.A.Versham wrote: 10 Oct 2018 15:36 Interesting development.

https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/counc ... n-reading/

I assume the officer(s) responsible will not get any Christmas bonus this year.
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rolew wrote: 10 Oct 2018 16:23 He will get a backhander from the developer.
I second that.
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"Mistakes " in planning are like mysterious fires which so often occur in listed buildings.
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buseng wrote: 10 Oct 2018 20:25
rolew wrote: 10 Oct 2018 16:23 He will get a backhander from the developer.
I second that.
Given the large number of Planning applications that the council has to process it’s hardly surprising that there won’t be some mistakes, even serious ones like this, but it is simply mischievous and libellous to accuse them of corruption.
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