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Council refuses giant LED adverts in Katesgrove

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have refused permission for two giant illuminated LED advertisement hoardings on Whitley Street and the Basingstoke and Surrey Road junctions. These would have replaced the existing hoardings, both of which until recently were non-illuminated.

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‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre

‘Wyrd Sisters’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo courtesy of (c) Aidan Moran

We are greeted at the Progress Theatre by a smiley and welcoming Chris Moran, director of this production, Terry Pratchett’s Wyrd Sisters. Chris is a Progress veteran. The director’s notes in the programme are in tune with how she is in person: full of enthusiasm and love for theatre and up for a challenge. As we are talking I realise that I recognise her voice and my other half kindly points out that she played Joyce in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls. Of course she did, and she was excellent in it.

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More double yellow lines coming to Elgar Road South

Entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will carry out a statutory consultation on the introduction of double yellow lines at the entrance to Waterloo Meadows allotments and the Makro delivery entrance on Elgar Road South. The proposals were among additional waiting restrictions proposed at the council’s Traffic Management sub-committee on 9 January.

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The Busy Bees Day Nursery at Reading International is ‘good’ says Ofsted

The English office for standards in education, children’s services and skills, OFSTED, inspected the Busy Bees Day Nursery at Reading International in December and assessed it as good.

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Council supports Sustrans’ improvements to the Kennet cycle path

Reading Borough Council (RBC) offered its support this week to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans in their project to remove motorcycle barriers on the Kennet Path between the Katesgrove Lane IDR underpass and Fobney Lock.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 13 January

 

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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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Reading Borough Council discusses the Christchurch Road parade this week

Christchurch Road parade

Parade of shops on Christchurch Road

Reading Borough Council will be discussing one planning application on the Christchurch Road parade during planning applications committee on Wednesday 15 January.

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Whitley councillors will be at the Fidget and Bob Café Bar on 18 January

Kennet Island Piazza

Kennet Island Piazza

Whitley ward councillor Micky Leng will be at the Fidget & Bob Café Bar on Kennet Island from 9.45am on Saturday 18 January.

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Meet your Redlands Labour councillors at St Luke’s Church on 11 January

St Luke's parish hall

St Luke’s Parish Hall, Erleigh Road

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Redlands Labour Ward Surgery on Saturday 11 January at 10.30am. They will be at the St Luke’s Church, Erleigh Road, Reading for an hour and a half.

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News from StrikeUp theatre at the Rising Sun Arts Centre

StrikeUp Scratch Night

StrikeUp theatre will be running acting courses at the Rising Sun Arts Centre starting on Thursday 9 January and running until 26 March. The morning course will cover ‘the actor and power’ and ‘the actor and pace’ and the evening course ‘the actor and truth’ and ‘the actor and the audience’.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 6 January

 

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Reading Borough Council discusses south Reading at traffic management committee this week

Civic Offices April 2019

Reading Borough Council will be discussing parking issues in south Reading during the traffic management sub-committee next week.

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Reading Borough Council consults on its budget for next year

Reading Borough Council (RBC) is consulting on its draft budget for the next financial year and a three year capital investment programme. The consultation will close for comment on Sunday 19 January.

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Thames Valley Police come to Reading University’s London Road Campus on 9 January

Reading University London Road campus sign

The Redlands neighbourhood policing team will hold their East Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum on Thursday 9 January at 7pm at Reading University’s London Road campus in building L33, room G01.

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Review of 2019 at the Whitley Pump

The MERL’s new yarn bomb

Thank you to all our readers and regular and occasional contributors for making it a wonderful year on Katesgrove Hill. We hope that you continue to enjoy reading or contributing to the Whitley Pump in 2020.

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A rubbish year in Katesgrove

A row of red bins

There are certain places in Katesgrove where rubbish likes to congregate. We continually pass the same spots blighted by dumped rubbish and fly-tipping on our daily routes to work, shops and schools, or just going out .

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 30 December

 

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Meet your Redlands Green Party councillor in Northumberland Avenue on 5 January


Redlands Ward Green Party councillor Jamie Whitham will be holding a Green Party street surgery in Northumberland Avenue on Sunday 5 January  at 7pm for an hour.  If you would like to speak to councillor Whitham you can contact him by phone or email as shown in the poster above.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 28 December

Abbey Junior School 1 October 2019

There was one new planning application in south Reading this week. It may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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