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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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Changes to Reading Borough Council fees and charges from 1 April

Whitley Pump - May 2016

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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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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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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Meet your Whitley councillors at the Whitley Wood Community Centre on 15 February

The Whitley Wood Community Centre

The Whitley Wood Community Centre

You can meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Whitley Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 15 February 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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Big Brother RBC

Reading Borough Crest

Reading Borough Council (RBC) plan to spend £2.5 million over the next four years implementing a new customer service strategy. This will offer more online services and includes a system to hold all the data they have about us in one place.

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Meet your Church councillors at the Kung Fu Kitchen on 1 February

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Church Ward Councillor surgery on Saturday 1 February at 10.30am. They will be at the Kung Fu Kitchen, 80 Christchurch Road, RG2 7AZ, Reading for an hour and a half.

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Meet your Whitley councillors at the Community café on 1 February

Whitley Community Hub, Northumberland Avenue

Image (c) Huma Jehan

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Whitley Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 1 February at 10.30am. They will be at the Community café, Northumberland Avenue, Reading for an hour and a half.

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Meet your Katesgrove councillors at the Pau Brasil Café on 1 February

Pau Brasil, Mount Pleasant

Pau Brasil, Mount Pleasant

Meet your Reading Borough councillors at the Katesgrove Labour Party Ward Surgery on Saturday 1 February 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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Matt Rodda MP speaks in Parliament about fire safety in buildings

Matt Rodda at the count 13 December 2019

Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East, took part in the debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday 21 January to consider the Grenfell Tower Inquiry: Phase 1 Report. This had been preceded the day before by the Government’s announcement of a package of reforms to the building safety system.

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Oscar Night at the RBC Policy Committee: the winner is Greenwich Leisure!

Rivermead in June 2017

The Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 20 January was meant to be an Oscar night for an unnamed winner of the Award to Design, Build and Maintain Reading’s Boroughwide Leisure Centres, who would only ever be referred to as bidder A.  The frustration of the procurement process was too much and the compère, RBC leader Jason Brock, decided to reveal the successful bidder’s name. But wait, hadn’t RBC chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Sloman already done that?

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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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