The Redlands neighbourhood policing team will hold a East Reading Safer Neighbourhood Forum on Thursday 4 July at 7.00pm at Reading University’s London Road campus, building L33, room G01.
Leader of Reading Borough Council (RBC), Councillor Jason Brock proposed a motion to the full council meeting on 25 June to increase councillors’ special responsibility allowances (SRAs). In the motion, the 183% increase for the leader of the council and lead councillors which had been suggested by the independent review panel was reduced to 164% and 149% respectively.
By Christine Lalley, Katesgrove Community Association environmental officer.
On Saturday 21 June, a dedicated bunch of people from Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) turned out to tidy up the underpass by the old Hook and Tackle Pub, now known as the Namaste Kitchen, on Katesgrove Lane.
Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) independent remuneration panel has recommended significant increases in the allowances paid to councillors, such as lead councillors and committee chairs, who have additional responsibilities. The basic councillor allowance of £8220 per annum will not change. The report from the panel will be considered at the RBC full council meeting on 25 June.
The number 7 ‘Tiger’ service from Reading to Fleet in Hampshire is a relatively new addition to Reading Buses’ services. Highlights of the trip include travelling in the bus lane across the middle of the roundabout at Junction 11 of the M4, bouncing through Mary Mitford’s village of Three Mile Cross and, when you get to Fleet, there is an ironmongers and an ice cream parlour!
Reading Borough Council will start repairs on the Inner Distribution Road (IDR) flyover crash barriers on Monday 8 July. A Parcelforce lorry broke through the barriers in May and landed on the Oracle roundabout at the bottom of Southampton Street.
More than six years after it closed its doors, the former Woodley Arms public house on Waldeck Street is on the market again at an asking price in excess of £1.25million. The site is being sold by Savills, the estate agent, as development land with planning permission for 38 student flats in two buildings .
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This week, Reading Borough Council (RBC) will again review the premises licence for the After Dark night club on London Street. At the last review in April, there had been complaints by local residents of loud music beyond licensed hours, alleged breaches of noise abatement notices, and concern from Thames Valley Police (TVP) about drug use and violence on the premises.
Demolition of the ‘Brown Signs’ building, formerly Fairway Press, on Silver Street has now been completed. By the afternoon of 12 June the only remaining trace was the very large orange demolition digger on site.
The Reading Fringe Festival programme 2019 is out and there are lots of events south of the IDR, including those at the new-to-the-fringe venue, the After Dark club on London Street. Other local venues are the Rising Sun Arts Centre, South Street Arts Centre, Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) and the Museum of English Rural Life (MERL).
The government planning inspector who examined Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) new local plan has advised that clarification is needed on the policy on student accommodation developments. The local plan will guide Reading’s planning policy until 2036, and this is the first time that Reading will have had a planning policy on development for student housing.