This year’s Reading half marathon is on Sunday 19 March and many roads around Katesgrove will be closed for most of the morning and some of the afternoon. Even pedestrians can be affected because roads can become impossible to cross as runners stream past.
The MP for Reading East, Rob Wilson, voted in parliament last week to give the prime minister power to trigger ‘article 50’ that begins the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. There was the briefest of Twitter storms at about the same time whether the Reading East constituency had voted to leave or remain in the EU and whether Rob Wilson was representing his constituents.
The apparently relentless drive to convert the area’s pubs, offices and vacant lots into flats and HMOs (houses in multiple occupation) continued apace this year. Some proposals, including the demolition of the After Dark Club and the Woodley Arms, were rejected, whilst others, such as the new residential care home near the Rising Sun Arts Centre, will proceed. The saving of the South Street Arts Centre was a major success in keeping Katesgrove at the front of Reading’s arts scene.
Reading’s 111 urgent care and health advice telephone line is due to be handed over to a new service provider and users of South Reading GP services are invited to have their say.
Reading Borough Council (RBC) intends to implement a 20mph zone in many residential streets in east Reading, from Kendrick Road to the borough boundary with Wokingham, before May 2016.