Planning applications in south Reading for the week ending 17 August

29 Whitley Street in April 2019

There were 17 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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Meet your Redlands Green Party councillor outside Kungfu Kitchen on 17 August

Cafe Metro/ Kungfu Kitchen hidden behind scaffolding – July 2019

Meet your Reading Borough Green Party councillor at the Redlands Ward Green Party Surgery on Saturday 17 August at 11.00am. They will be outside Kungfu Kitchen, Christchurch Road, Reading for an hour and a half.

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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 MP Matt Rodda says “Cycling should be for the many, not just the brave.”

Matt Rodda, Labour MP for Reading East and shadow minister for transport (buses), took part in the Active Travel debate in Parliament on 9 July. The Whitley Pump called “house!” at the end of his speech, having completed at least one line in any direction as well as all four corners of our political buzzword bingo card, with a bonus prize for the mention of Reading.

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Councillor James asked why council can’t keep traveller camps out of public parks

Travellers camp at Long Barn Lane in 2018

At the Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) meeting on 10 July, Katesgrove councillor Sophia James was asked what Reading Borough Council (RBC) could do to prevent travellers from re-occupying public sites. Travellers have cycled their encampments between Rabson’s Rec, Long Barn Lane and Waterloo Meadows several times over the last few years.

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Reading ward boundaries will change by 2022

Ward boundaries in Reading will be reviewed by the Boundary Commission (LGBCE) this year. The review is required because five of Reading’s 16 wards have an electorate size more than 10% above or below the borough average. These wards include the south and east Reading wards of Church, Redlands and Whitley.

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