DEMOLITION work on a former pub beside the Reading town centre has begun recently.

The Red Lion, 34 Southampton Street, Reading, had remained shut since 2015, remaining a derelict building for more than five years until demolition work was first spotted earlier this month.

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The building, of which certain sections had survived since the 17th century, has now been reduced entirely to rubble.

Reading Chronicle: Former appearance of the site, which is now derelictFormer appearance of the site, which is now derelict

A planning application to demolish the site and replace it with 11 flats was approved by the Reading Borough Council on August 12, 2019, despite 'dismay' from councillors over the plans.

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The site was also temporarily inhabited by squatters in 2019, who unofficially renamed the building Kobani House and used it as a hub to show solidarity to the people of Kurdistan.

RLR Demolition Ltd have been contacted for futher details.