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Problems with council accounts ‘a disgrace’ says Councillor Ricky Duveen

Civic Offices April 2019

Liberal Democrat councillor Ricky Duveen used Reading Borough Council‘s (RBC) full council meeting on 25 February to say that the “never-ending issues with producing the council’s accounts are a disgrace.”

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RBC unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 can now be inspected

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An Inca quipucamayoc with quipu and yupana

Reading Borough Council (RBC) have published their unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019. These, along with “all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to those accounts”,  can be inspected on weekdays from 9.30am to 4.30pm until 9 April 2020. This is nine months after the statutory deadline of early June 2019, but it is an improvement on the previous year when the inspection period opened over a year late.

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Changes to Reading Borough Council fees and charges from 1 April

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Whitley Pump roundabout

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has a schedule of charges for everything from overdue library book fines to planning fees and advertising on the Whitley Pump roundabout. The list covers 26 pages and is a fascinating insight into the minutiae of local government, Reading style.

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‘Mental Health Mates’ new walks at Green Park this spring

MHM spring flyer

The mental health support group Mental Health Mates (MHM) regularly meets to walk in three places in and around Reading; Green Park, Christchurch Meadows and Dinton Pastures. The next Green Park walks are on 27 February and 26 March,

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 24 February

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Surplus food from Reading businesses available for free from the WCDA

Surplus food at the Whitley Community Development Association

Surplus food at the Whitley Community Development Association

Supermarkets Marks and Spencer, Morrisons and Aldi and wholesaler Bidfood are now donating their unsold produce to the Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) at 252 Northumberland Avenue in Whitley, Reading. The food is available for free; this is not a formal food bank, so neither social services nor any charity has to refer anyone. People do not have to fill out any forms or identify themselves to take the food they can use.

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Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 22 February

Kendrick School

Kendrick School

There were six 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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‘The Haunting of Hill House’ at the Progress Theatre

By Gillie Tunley and Brenda Sandilands.

'The Haunting of Hill House' at the Progress Theatre

‘The Haunting of Hill House’ at the Progress Theatre. Photo © Richard Brown.

Progress Theatre are staging the suspenseful The Haunting of Hill House by F. Andrew Leslie, adapted from the novel by Shirley Jackson. It is directed with chilling panache by Matt Tully and polished production by Tony Wernham.

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Council tax proposals for next year will be discussed at Tuesday’s council meeting

Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will discuss a 3.99% increase in council tax at the full council meeting on 25 February. This includes a general increase of 1.99% (2019/20 2.99%) as well as an additional 2% which will be spent solely on adult social care. RBC is also responsible for collecting ‘precepts’ for the police and fire authorities with council tax payments.
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Heritage Open Days information evening at the MERL on 4 March

The Reading UK community interest company will host an information evening about Heritage Open Days on Wednesday 4 March at 5pm. The information evening will be at the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands Road and the open days themselves run from 11 September to 20 September this year.

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Tree cover in Katesgrove

Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

Councillors at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 17 February opted for a quick meeting. The time was taken up with three questions from a member of the public and three from Councillor Rob White. In the answer to his first question we learnt that Katesgrove is almost at the bottom of Reading’s tree cover league.

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A talk about the Old Redlands Estate

Old Redlands Estate

This month’s History of Reading Society talk on Wednesday 19 February, Redlands Estate or ‘Shakels Fields’, will be about Redlands’ place in the development of Reading. The speaker is Keith Jerrome who lived in Redlands for 40 years.

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The JMA is improving but some teachers aren’t skilled enough, says Ofsted

The office for standards in education in England, Ofsted, inspected the John Madejski Academy (JMA) in January 2020 and reported that the school ‘requires improvement‘. Ofsted noted that the school is already improving, adding that there were problems with some teachers’ lack of expertise as well as pupil attendance. The JMA principal Camilla Thornalley agreed that the school is improving, saying that they had been aware of the problems Ofsted raised and had plans to address them.

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What’s happening in Katesgrove and Whitley from 17 February

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 15 February

Looking west down Ennerdale Road

Looking west down Ennerdale Road

There were seven 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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Goodbye to the Coley Park Black Poplar

The Coley Park black poplar after storm Ciara

The Coley Park black poplar after storm Ciara, February 2020. Photo: © Adrian Lawson.

The great Coley Park black poplar was, for me at least, one of the most iconic trees in Reading.

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Student accommodation at 79 Silver Street expected to open in September

79 Silver Street – February 2020

Prestige Student Living are advertising that their student accommodation at 79 Silver Street will be open in September 2020. The student rooms and apartments available vary in price from £250 per person per week to over £310 per person per week for a 51 week tenancy starting from 12 September.

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Katesgrove Litter Action Day on 29 February

Trevor Slack from the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) is planning a Katesgrove Litter Action Day on Saturday 29 February.

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Scottish and Southern plan mains upgrades in the Spring Gardens area from 17 February

Elizabeth Walk on Saturday 2 July

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) intend to modernise the electricity mains on Milman Road, Spring Gardens, Essex Street, Mellor Walk, Aveley Walk and Elizabeth Walk between 17 February and 6 April. This will lead to 30 minute electrical power outages whilst the electricity supply is switched from the old to the new mains cable.

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Meet your Redlands Green Party councillor on Christchurch Road on 16 February

The Green Party councillor for Redlands ward, Jamie Whitham, will be meeting constituents on Christchurch Road on Sunday 16 February at 7.00pm.

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