Matt Rodda, Katesgrove councillor and Reading East MP
Reading East MP Matt Rodda attempted to get a straight answer from the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, in parliament on 20 February.
Reading Borough councillor Liz Terry. Photo courtesy (c) Re3
Reading residents can now put plastic pots, tubs, trays, clean foil, foil trays and food or drink cartons into their recycling bins.
Whitley library cartouche
Reading Borough Council (RBC) proposes to reduce the opening hours at Whitley Library from 21 to 18 hours per week as part of a package to save over £200,000 by reducing costs across Reading’s libraries.
Inflatable doo-dah at south Reading leisure centre
The swimming pool at South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue re-opened this February after four months’ closure, during which Reading Borough Council (RBC) refurbished its lighting, air conditioning and water heaters.
Mayor Councillor Rose Williams and Councillor Sarah Hacker opening the new Abbey exhibition, Reading Museum
The Abbey gallery team at Reading Museum
Reading Museum opened its new abbey gallery to the public on Monday 12 February. The museum’s abbey gallery is the most recently completed part of the Reading Abbey Revealed project, which is jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Reading Borough Council (RBC). Restoration of the abbey gateway will complete in April 2018 and the abbey ruins will re-open to the public on 16 June 2018.
Reading Borough Council
(RBC) has proposed new enforceable bus lanes
on London Street and the A33, and have asked for public comment by 1 March 2018
Laura Ellener, principal of the John Madejski Academy
Whitley’s John Madejski Academy (JMA) joined the White Horse Federation (WHF), a multi-academy trust, in January 2018.
Dancers at the JMA (24 January 2018)
Mosaic at the Christ the King school, Reading
New Christ Church School, Reading
Children from Reading schools, including New Christ Church Primary School in Katesgrove, the Christ the King Primary School, the John Madejski Academy and Whitley Park Primary School in Whitley will be taking part in the annual Children Helping Children concert at the Hexagon Theatre on 6 February at 7pm.
Robert Cox, Simone Illger and John Bayes of NARA outside St Patrick’s New Court.
Residents of Northcourt Avenue are preparing to oppose Reading University’s plans to redevelop St Patrick’s Hall with new buildings described by Reading Civic Society as “almost brutal.”
Katesgrove School playground
Katesgrove Primary School
Katesgrove Primary School is a good school, according to OFSTED’s latest report.
Reading Borough Council are planning to introduce parking charges at south Reading leisure centre on Northumberland Avenue and will be consulting to determine public response.
Roadworks on Island Road, which leads from the A33 to the Smallmead waste recycling centre, will start on Monday 15 January and last for eight weeks.
The Katesgrove Community Allotment at Waterloo Meadows off Elgar Road will run free, tutor-led sessions from 10am until 12 noon on Saturday 13 January, Saturday 10 February, and then weekly from Saturday 3 March.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) has yet again refused planning permission to replace the redundant Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street with a block of student flats.
A PCN (penalty charge notice) robot at Reading Borough Council issued me with a £30 fine in November for driving in the bus lane at the junction of Pell Street and Southampton Street. I contested this on the grounds that I had wanted to turn left into Pell Street, it was mandatory to join the queue in the left-hand lane to do this, and that queue had already backed up into the bus lane. I claimed it was safer to follow standard – and thus predictable – driving practice at this busy and congested junction rather than cause obstruction and confusion by doing otherwise. I added that forcing drivers to choose between an unsafe or obstructive manoeuvre or a bus lane fine was both unreasonable and unwise.
In a parliamentary debate on 21 December 2017, Reading West MP Alok Sharma (Conservative), who is also the minister for housing in the department for communities and local government, condemned property companies’ practice of imposing high and increasing ground rents on leaseholders.
WCDA, RBC and Beard Construction at the South Reading Community Centre, December 2017
Reading Borough Council (RBC) is transforming the South Reading Community Centre on Northumberland Avenue into a ‘community hub’ that will include a library, children’s centre and meeting spaces together with the existing Whitley Social Club and Café.
From L: Micky Leng, Chris Bloomfield, Steve Kirby (back), Imke Wilson (with book, front), Ian Holt (red shirt, back), Trisha Bennett (with scarf, front), Charles Carrington (with hat, back), Matthew Farrall (striped shirt, front), Liz Grugeon, Derek Chapman.
The Whitley Community Development Association (WCDA) elected officers for the coming year at a well-attended annual general meeting on 13 December. Community development co-ordinator Trisha Bennett and funding and finance officer Mo McSevney also explained in detail what the WCDA does and how it has evolved throughout 2017.
David Archibald at the Black History mural
Crossing the IDR
Councillor Sophia James at the Black History mural
Reading Borough Council (RBC) have listed the ‘Black History’ mural on Mill Lane as an asset of community value after it was nominated by the Aspire community interest company (CIC) as part of their campaign to acquire the Central Club.
Christ Church from Kendrick Road
Christ Church in Christchurch Conservation Area
Reading BID Christmas tree in Broad Street, November 2015
Christ Church, on Christchurch Road, will be holding an Advent carol service on Sunday 3 December at 6pm and a Christmas fête on Saturday 9 December from 1pm until 4pm.