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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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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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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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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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Meet your Katesgrove councillors at the Pau Brasil Café on 4 January

Pau Brasil window

Pau Brasil

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Katesgrove Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 4 January at 10.30am. They will be at the Pau Brasil Café, 89 Mount Pleasant, Reading for an hour and a half.

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Reading MPs Alok Sharma and Matt Rodda vote different ways on the latest, and probably last, EU withdrawal bill

Reading’s MPs, Alok Sharma (Conservative MP for Reading West) and Matt Rodda (Labour MP for Reading East) voted different ways on the European Union withdrawal agreement bill (WAB) in the House of Commons on 20 December.

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Meet your Redlands Green Party councillor in London Road on 22 December

Redlands Ward Green Party councillor Jamie Whitham will be holding a Green Party street surgery in London Road on Sunday 22 December 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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Red Cow public house has a walk on role in surreal planning committee drama

The Red Cow

The Red Cow in 2016

The Red Cow public house at the corner of Southampton Street and Crown Street was mentioned at last week’s Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee. Julie Williams, RBC acting planning manager, told the committee that during the ongoing refurbishment developers had been asked to rebuild a section of wall. This was because they had laid bricks in stretcher rather than Flemish bond and, as the pub is a listed building, the method used had to be in historically appropriate.

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Meet your Whitley councillors at the Whitley Wood Community Centre on 21 December

The Whitley Wood Community Centre

The Whitley Wood Community Centre

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Whitley Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 21 December at 10.30am. They will be at the Whitley Wood Community Centre, Swallowfield Drive, Reading RG2 8UH for an hour and a half.

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What Reading parliamentary candidates had to say after the 2019 general election count

Reading West candidates from L to R: Alok Sharma, Jamie Whitham, Rachel Eden, Meri O’Connell

Past and present Reading councillors stood as candidates for Reading constituencies in the 12 December 2019 general election. Former Katesgrove councillor Matt Rodda was re-elected as MP for Reading East. Three Reading councillors, Rachel Eden (Whitley ward, Labour), Meri O’Connell (Tilehurst ward, Liberal Democrat) and Jamie Whitham (Redlands ward, Green), stood in Reading West against Alok Sharma (Conservative), who retained his parliamentary seat.

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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 Borough Council discusses 76 Christchurch Road at planning applications committee on 11 December

76 Christchurch Road (former NatWest)

76 Christchurch Road

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will be discussing the proposed conversion of 76 Christchurch Road into a takeaway and HMO (house in multiple occupation) at the planning applications committee on Wednesday 11 December. The committee had deferred their decision during their November meeting because they needed more information.

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Meet your Redlands councillors at the Hexham Community Centre on 14 December

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Redlands Labour Ward Surgery on Saturday 14 December at 10.30am. They will be at the Hexham Community Centre, Bamburgh Close, Reading RG2 7UD for an hour and a half.

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Meet your Katesgrove councillors at the Pau Brasil Café on 7 December

You can meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Katesgrove Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 7 December at 10.30am. They will be at the Pau Brasil Café, 89 Mount Pleasant, Reading for an hour and a half.

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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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Meet your Whitley and Church councillors at the Community café on 7 December

You can meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Whitley Labour Party Ward Surgery and the  Church Labour Ward Surgery on Saturday 7 December at 10.30am. They will be at the Community Café on Northumberland Avenue, Reading for an hour and a half.

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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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