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Monthly Archives: December 2014

Don’t lose your vote in May!

READING residents are being urged to check they are properly registered to vote under the new Individual Electoral Registration system introduced by Central Government this year, or risk losing their vote at next year’s Local and General Elections.

A new system of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) has been introduced this year and means each and every individual is responsible for registering themselves to vote. Previously, one person in every household was responsible for registering everyone else who lives at that address.

Under the new Cabinet Office rules, the changes mean that every local authority in the country now needs to go through a process of matching the names of all unconfirmed electors, with individual data held by Central Government. Where matches cannot be made because the Government does not hold the relevant data, the individual will be asked for further information and/or documentary evidence, or risk losing their vote.

Anyone who is unsure whether they are registered, should contact the Council’s electoral registration team on 0118 937 3717 or email

Residents can register to vote online at

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New Council website launched


Screen shot of the new website

Reading Borough Council this week launched its new website to coincide with the move to the new Civic offices.  The new look site is easier to use and laid out in a tab format to make navigation easier.  You can check out the new website below.

New website

If you have a moment please leave the Council feedback on what the new website is like.

Feedback survey

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Winter Watch scheme

Winter Watch – Support to Help Vulnerable Residents Stay Warm this Winter

Winter Watch offers advice and help to older people, people with disabilities or long term health conditions and families with very young children whose health and well being is most at risk because their homes are cold and damp. This includes:

  • a home energy check and advice on how to keep warm and healthy
  • encouraging people take up the grants available (ECO) to improve the insulation and heating in their homes
  • helping people get minor repairs carried out to their homes to stop draughts and protect them from the cold and emergency heating when possible

Winter Watch is provided by the Council in partnership with local voluntary and health services to ensure that you get the help and advice you need as a matter of urgency.

If you, or someone you know is struggling to keep warm this winter please contact Adult Social Care Services (number below) URGENTLY for advice.

PHONE: 01189373747 or EMAIL:


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January events

  • Full Council meeting: Councillors will be in attendance for the first Council meeting at the new Civic Centre on Tuesday 27th January at 6.30pm.  Questions from the public are welcome.
  • Planning committee: The Planning committee on Wednesday January 14th at 6.30pm will be deciding on the planned expansion of the Ridgeway Primary to provide much needed primary school places in the area.
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out asking for residents views on Northcourt Avenue on Tuesday 20th January at 6.30pm and Highmead and Cherry Grove on Wednesday January 28th at 6pm.  Please let us know any issues in the local area.
  • Landscape conference: Reading Borough Council will be holding a conference on January 22nd to discuss the future of education in Reading and in specific academic areas.
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Yes to homes campaign

yes to homes

The Yes to homes campaign supports those who believe that new homes are needed in their communities.  We need more of the right homes, at the right price, in the right place.

If you would like to get involved and sign the petition please log on too:

Alternatively follow the campaign on twitter:

This campaign links into the plans for 1000 new Council homes in Reading over the next 30 years.  The borough council wants to invest in its existing housing stock and build new homes across the town.

New Council homes



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Small Business Saturday


Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in December each year, which is this Saturday!  So please join in and shop local this weekend, buy a present from one of Reading’s great local stores like But is it art or the Grumpy goat!

For more information check out their website:

Or follow on twitter:


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December events

  • Councillor surgery on Saturday December 6th 10.30am-12pm: Councillors will be in attendance at South Reading Youth and Community centre to discuss any resident concerns.  Please come along.
  • Reading banner delivery: In the next month you should receive through your door the latest Reading Labour party newsletter featuring Reading east parliamentary candidate Matt Rodda.  please feedback to us your thoughts.
  • Opening of new Civic centre: The Civic centre will be moving from its current home to Bridge street across from the Oracle (House of Fraser) on Monday December 15th. The last day the old Civic will be open is Friday 12th December.  The new offices are estimated to use up to 75% less energy, saving the taxpayer money in running costs.
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