Bracknell stories you may have missed this week

BRACKNELL News has rounded up some of the most important stories from the past week.

Here are some of the most important stories that readers should be aware of.

1. Bagshot Road Sainsbury’s will sell land for housing development

A Sainsbury’s in Bracknell is looking to sell unused land behind its store to make way for housing.

The UK’s second largest supermarket chain has brought in commercial estate agents, Avison Young UK, to market the sale on its behalf.

The 0.92 acre lot in question sits behind the Bagshot Road Superstore, which the company has owned since 1991.

The site is adjacent to the 191-house Larkspur Chase housing estate, built by Wimpey Homes in 1998, and is located on the corner of Pakenham Road and Roby Drive, south of the town center – accessible via Horny Avenue off Ringmead.

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2. Darren Watkins: Pensioner sexually assaulted at Sandhurst

A SERIES offender pinned a 70-year-old woman in the corner of a bus stop before sexually assaulting her, a court has heard.

Darren Watkins, of Westbourne Road, Sandhurst, has been locked up after committing the ‘deeply unpleasant crime’ earlier this year.

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The 48-year-old, who has 91 previous convictions including one for masturbating in public, has now been banned from taking buses between Bracknell and Sandhurst.

This follows an incident at a bus stop on Yorktown Road on March 14, 2022.

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3. Bracknell’s Lost Discos – Gone But Not Forgotten

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Over the past 20 years many bars and clubs have come and gone in Bracknell.

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Old nightclubs leaned into long-forgotten nights out after we posed the question of which were the best nightclubs back in the days of hay.

Although many people chose to travel further afield for their getaways, some of the nighttime haunts brought back memories for residents.

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4. Sainsbury’s Bracknell urged to close car parks at night

A supermarket giant has been told to lock its car parks at night to stop car cruisers causing ‘misery’ to people living nearby.

Tory MP James Sunderland has called on Sainsbury’s to take action to close its car parks when its shops are closed.

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He said a recent meeting of cars on the grounds of a Sainsbury’s in his constituency of Bracknell, Berkshire, led to “assaults” of residents.

Mr Sunderland, speaking on day two of the Queen’s Speech debate, told the House of Commons: ‘Anti-social behavior needs stronger powers.

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5. Dobbies Shinfield Garden Center is preparing for a major redevelopment

Bracknell News:

A popular garden center is to get a makeover after major redevelopment plans were approved at the last planning meeting.

Dobbies Garden Center in Shinfield will demolish all existing buildings and rebuild the site, after receiving the green light from Wokingham Borough Council.

All current outbuildings and structures will make way for the consolidation of the garden center into a single new building, along with changes to parking, access and landscaping of the area.

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