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Christchurch Green at risk of becoming ‘devastated’ by planning decisions

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Northcourt Avenue Residents’ Association (NARA) chair Simone Illger told Reading Borough Council (RBC) that the Christchurch Green in Reading was being “devastated” by unsympathetic development, at the planning applications committee on 15 January. RBC nonetheless approved the change of use of the ground floor 60 Christchurch Road from a dry cleaners into a restaurant, saying that their own local plan didn’t allow them to choose otherwise.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 11 January

Watlington Street

There were 11 new planning and building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Matt Rodda re-elected MP in Reading East and Alok Sharma re-elected in Reading West

Matt Rodda (Labour) has been re-elected member of parliament (MP) for Reading East and Alok Sharma (Conservative) has been re-elected as MP for Reading West.

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2019 General Election turnout in Reading

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Reading’s political parties discuss climate change, a fairer society and the EU at the Quaker Hustings

Reading GE hustings 2019 at the Quaker Meeting House

From L-> R: Matt Rodda & Rachel Eden (Labour), Yemi Awolola (CPA), convenor John Crosfield, timekeeper Christina Hughes Nind, Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat), Jamie Whitham & David McElroy (Green).

An estimated 60 people attended the parliamentary hustings at the Quaker Meeting House in Katesgrove, Reading on Thursday 28 November. Candidates Matt Rodda and Rachel Eden (Labour), Jamie Whitham and David McElroy (Green), Imogen Shepherd-DuBey (Liberal Democrat) and Yemi Awolola (Christian Peoples Alliance, CPA) answered questions from the Reading public about the UK’s future relationship with Europe, a fairer society and the climate emergency.

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General election hustings at RISC on London Street on Wednesday 4 December

General election 2019 hustings at RISC

Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and Global Justice Reading are holding a hustings on Wednesday 4 December when people can ask questions of some of the candidates standing in the 12 December general election.

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Gritters and grit bins plans for winter 2019-20

Alpine Street grit bin in the sun July 2019

Katesgrove’s VIP grit bin tuned in to the webcast from Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Strategic Environment, Planning and Transport Committee on the evening of 20 November to find out about the gritter and grit bins plans for this winter.

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Council gets £3 million to complete Green Park railway station

Proposed Green Park railway station building

Proposed Green Park railway station building. Image (c) Reading Borough Council

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has secured £2.4 million from the central government’s new stations fund and £550,000 from Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s local growth fund for completing Green Park railway station. This new station on the Basingstoke line in the south of Reading is now budgeted to cost just over £20 million and is scheduled to open in winter 2020.

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Meet your parliamentary election candidates at the Quaker Meeting House on Thursday 28 November

Reading Quakers have invited all the candidates standing for election to the Reading East and Reading West parliamentary constituencies to a hustings at the Quaker Meeting House, 2 Church Street, RG1 2SB on Thursday 28 November at 7.30pm.

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The Berkshire Data Observatory


The Berkshire Data Observatory is a new website that presents data about the local population, crime, housing and economics. It has been compiled and is kept up to date by ‘Public Health for Berkshire’ together with Berkshire’s six local authorities, including Reading Borough Council (RBC).

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Reading’s general election candidates for 12 December

There will be a general election in the UK on Thursday 12 December. Polling stations in Reading will be open from 7am until 10pm. You will not be allowed vote unless you are registered, and you have until 11:59pm on Tuesday 26 November to do so. Both Reading’s sitting MPs, Matt Rodda (Labour, Reading East) and Alok Sharma (Conservative, Reading West) are standing for election again.
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A walk into the Wilds of Coley

Coley Meadows (Adrian Lawson)

Coley Meadows (c) Adrian Lawson

On Sunday 17 November there’ll be a walk from Waterloo Meadows Children’s centre into the marshes of the Coley water meadows. We’ll meet at 10am, and we’ll expect to return by 1pm.

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Council wants Reading’s views on community safety

Reading Borough Council (RBC) is undertaking a community safety survey. These surveys take place every two years. If you participated in the 2017 survey you will recognise that this year’s is very similar. The opinions of Reading residents on issues in their area may not translate directly into the priorities set for Reading because other opinions and crime statistics are also taken into account.

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Sustrans wants your opinion about removing the motorcycle barriers on the Kennet path

Peter Langridge (Sustrans community liaison officer) and Peter Challis (Sustrans network development manager)

From L to R: Stuart Langridge (Sustrans community liaison officer) and Peter Challis (Sustrans network development manager)

The sustainable transport charity Sustrans wants to improve the Kennet cycle and foot path between Reading town centre and Fobney Lock. Improvements could include the removal of motorcycle barriers as well as resurfacing and tidying up the path.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 14 September

These new planning applications for south Reading may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at planning applications committee this week

The old Whitley Library building has now closed

Reading Borough Council will be discussing issues in south Reading during planning applications committee next week.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 17 August

29 Whitley Street in April 2019

There were 17 new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Friends of the IDR respond to the RBC transport consultation

The Black History Mural and the IDR

The Whitley Pump asked Reg Vastern-King, chair of the Friends of the IDR (Inner Distribution Road), what he thought about the Reading Borough Council (RBC) consultation on transport strategy; he was not impressed. “I just don’t understand,” he said “how can you carry out a transport strategy consultation which does not even ask how you feel about the IDR?”

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 3 August

There were 10 new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 27 July

There were eight new planning applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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