RBC unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 can now be inspected

Mr George Lovejoy (1808-1883), in his time one of the auditors of the accounts of Reading corporation, would have been packed up and almost ready to be off on his holidays when this summer’s reading for Readingas finally arrived. The unaudited accounts for the year ended 31 March 2018 have been published and along with “all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to those accounts” can be inspected weekdays from 9.30am until 4.30pm until 20 September 2019.

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Reading Borough Council’s ‘Active Reading’ consultation

Here at the Whitley Pump offices where we sit all day, every day, in front of our computers, with the curtains drawn and a pile of empty coffee cups in the sink, we thought we should have a look at what Active Reading was all about. The council’s online consultation only runs until 14 August so we thought we had better get our skates on.

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Reading’s Transport Strategy 2036 Consultation comes to south Reading

The first drop-in event for Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) Transport Strategy 2036 consultation will take place at the south Reading community hub, 252 Northumberland Avenue, on Tuesday 6 August from 3pm until 6.30pm.

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It’s good to know what our MPs have been up to in Parliament

The Houses of Parliament broke up for the summer on Thursday 25 July and deputy speaker Dame Eleanor Laing sent the MPs on their way wishing them “a busy but peaceful recess—not a holiday.” They will return on 3 September.

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Reading Borough Council’s 2016/17 accounts have arrived at their final destination

Beam me up Scottie!

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) statement of accounts for the year ended 31 March 2017 were signed off by the auditors Ernst & Young (EY) on 19 July. The RBC audit and governance committee on 23 July was informed of the completion of the tortuous and frustrating process that the audit had become. EY’s audit results report sets out numerous failings in the accounts which mean that the audit report has been qualified.

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Conversations with Trees: Friday night at the Fringe

From L to R: Fiona Talkington, Thomas Strønen, Jackie Oates, Zsuzsi Lindsay, Hannah James, Helen Jukes

Friday night was a BIG NIGHT for the Reading Fringe. Conversations with Trees was a unique musical collaboration specially curated by Fiona Talkington with Thomas Strønen, Hannah James and Jackie Oates. The group had only been brought together a few days before and delivered a thoughtful, tense and emotional piece which was rapturously received by the audience in St Mary’s Minster.

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HARTMANNMUELLER at Reading Fringe

The Fringe team with Simon HARTMANN and Daniel Ernesto MUELLER (third and fourth from left)

As the hottest day of the year so far cooled into the evening, there could have been few better places to be than in the garden of the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) on Redlands Road waiting for HARTMANNMUELLER‘s performance of In Danger [German title: in noT] to begin. Gradually, conversations in the audience halted as we realised that it had already started – what had we missed?

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Dr Brock delivers a lecture on democracy

Last Monday night’s policy committee agreed to recommend an increase of two councillors, bringing the total in Reading Borough to 48, as part of the ward boundary review being carried out by the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE). Continuance of the current programme of electing one third of councillors in three out of four years was also approved. Leader of the council Jason Brock took the opportunity to deliver a lecture on democracy and the changing nature of the role of councillors, which is available on webcast.

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