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Monthly Archives: May 2015

June events

  • Councillor surgery: Ward Councillors will be available to chat to about any concerns or issues in the area on Saturday June 6th from 10.30am-12pm at the Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue. 
  • Labour rose: The latest edition of the Church Ward Rose will be dropping through your letter box at the beginning of June.  This edition includes election results, Reading buses news and a report on the recent clean-up.
  • South Reading churches fun day: the now well established fun day at Rabson’s Rec returns for its 11th year on Saturday 27th June.  The event organised by Vernon Orr at St.Agnes Church on Northumberland Avenue last year included a bouncy castle, face painting and free food.
  • Whitley museum event: Fighting for Whitley. The Whitley museum will be holding an event on Saturday June 20th from 10am-3pm.  The event is a chance for residents to share memories, events and stories with other locals. There will also be a talk by Dr Mark Clapson at 11am and 1.30pm.
  • South Reading community hub meeting: Councillors, Whitley Big Local representatives and Reading Borough Council will be meeting on Tuesday 30th June to discuss plans for future projects in South Reading.
  • Council business: It is a busy month for Ward Councillors with each attending meetings of their various committees including planning, licensing and education.
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New zebra crossing for Northumberland Avenue

A new zebra crossing will soon be installed on Northumberland Avenue by Gratton road. The crossing will be installed during half term (starting May 26th) to minimise disruption and will take three weeks to complete. Works will take place between 8am and 5pm and parts of Northumberland Avenue will be one lane during the duration of the works. The crossing will help serve Geoffrey fields Junior school students and parents.

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Have your say!

RESIDENTS are being invited to have their say about issues which concern them in their areaThe Reading Neighbourhood Survey 2015 has been launched by Reading Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Initiatives Team which is urging as many people as possible to take part.

The survey, which is available online and on paper, asks people about issues such as crime, parking, litter and anti-social behaviour.  Responses will be analysed over the summer, broken down into area-by-area data and then fed back to the local Neighbourhood Action Groups (NAGs) and other local community groups.  Local residents will then be able to attend meetings to discuss their top three priorities and talk about possible solutions.

The online survey can be found here:  Reading survey

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Ridgeway school strike gold

The Ridgeway Primary school has struck gold in the form of 300 gold coins that students found on an archaeological dig. It is thought the coins date from Roman times where the site may have been owned by a citizen or farmer and the coins buried for safe keeping. The coins have been sent to a specialist to check their age and may end up in Reading museum. Head teacher Madelaine Cosgrove said “Both pupils and staff are very excited about this discovery and look forward to the story unfolding so that it can be preserved as part of the heritage of the Ridgeway school”.

The story even made the BBC news website

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Thank you! Councillor Woodward gets re-elected

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Eileen, Paul and Ashley pleased at the announcement of Paul Woodward being re-elected to represent Church ward for another 4 years.

Councillor Paul Woodward and the rest of the Church Ward Labour team would like to thank residents for re-electing him for another 4 years.  In a close election Paul and the Labour party polled 1555 votes beating nearest challengers the Conservative party by 237 votes.  This means Councillor Woodward will be representing the people of Church ward for four more years and will soon be back out listening to your concerns!  The next 4 years are shaping up to be a difficult time for local Government but Paul is determined that any changes are as fair as possible and with residents concerned fully taken on board.

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New bus fleet for South Reading

Reading buses will soon launch a new fleet of £4m buses to serve South Reading on the number 5 and 6 routes. The low emission buses will be attached with USB charging ports and 4g WiFi. The fleet will have the cleanest engines on the market.

Reading Labour is very proud of the municipality owned Reading buses, showing that working not for profit enables the company to invest further in its prize winning services.

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