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Monthly Archives: August 2015

Whitley Big Local community transport research launch

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The launch of the Whitley Big Local’s Community Transport Report – Working Better with Whitley: exploring the everyday transport needs and experiences of local communities in South Reading takes place on Friday September 11th.

This report presents the findings of a 12-month participatory action research project funded by the Whitley Big Local and the University of Reading.  It focuses on the transport needs of local families in order to highlight the central role that mobility plays in connecting people to the places they need, and equally importantly, they aspire or want to go to, and it makes recommendations for initiatives that could be funded through the Big Local.

The launch event will take place between 1.00 – 3.30pm on Friday 11th September in the Sorby Room at the University of Reading (RG6 6AH) and will be introduced by the Vice-Chancellor, Sir David Bell. This room can be located on the map in the Wager building (Building 5, Square D4):

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Daniel Mitchell ( by no later than Friday 4th September 2015. 

Lunch will be provided, so please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements. If you are driving to this event and require a parking space, please provide your vehicle registration number in your reply.

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Parking restrictions out for consultation

After speaking with residents, your Councillors put forward ideas on parking restrictions to the Council which have recently gone through the transport committee. These are:

  • Wellington Avenue: No waiting at any time at junction with Shinfield road and no waiting Mon-Fri 9am-5pm on the South side
  • Birdhill Avenue: No waiting at any time on west side for 87m in a northerly direction and consisting at any time on east side from junction with Cressingham Road for 92m in a southerly direction.
  • Staverton Road: No waiting at any time on inner bends outside no.29-39, 73-83 & 89-91.
  • Totnes Road: No waiting at any time on junction with Ashburton Road.

These are out to consultation so if you have any opinions, please let the Council or your Councillors know.

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South Reading calendar

You will soon be receiving the South Reading calendar.  The calendar has been produced after many different organisations, working for the good of South Reading, came together to pool all of the important dates in one place.  The calendar will go up to the new year when an update will be produced.  If you have any events that you would like to see appear on the calendar in future, please contact Ashley on:

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September events

  • Councillors surgery: Your Councillors will be hosting their monthly surgery on Saturday 5th September at 10.30am-12pm at The Whitley cafe on Northumberland Avenue.
  • St.Barnabus Church Fun day: Councillors will be present at the Churches fun day on Saturday 12th September from 12pm-2pm on Elm Road
  • Canvassing: Councillors will be out knocking doors and listening to residents concerns on Tuesday 8th September at 6pm on Barnsdale Road, Saturday 12th September at 11am on Hollydale Close, and Thursday 24th September at 6pm on Sycamore Road/top of Cressingham Road.
  • Northcourt Avenue residents meeting: Councillors will be speaking to residents of Northcourt about the issues on the road including parking, trees and lamp posts on Tuesday 29th September.
  • Ridgeway School Governors meeting; Ashley will be in attendance at the Full Governors meeting to discuss the schools future strategy and recent results on Thursday 24th September.
  • Education strategy public meeting: Eileen (Chair) and Ashley (Vice-Chair) will be discussing the borough wide education strategy and recent Key stage 2 and 4 results at the public Education meeting at the Civic centre on Tuesday 22nd September at 6.30pm.
  • Church Ward Rose and South Reading calendar: You will soon be receiving a copy of the Ward’s Most recent newsletter as well as the new South Reading calendar after many local groups came together to work on a document with all local events on.
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