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Monthly Archives: June 2016

Cressingham road childrens centre judged outstanding

A council-owned children’s home in Cressingham Road which was “filled with joy and laughter” has been ranked outstanding by Ofsted. Cressingham Children’s Home provides respite care for children and young people with disabilities was commended for providing “highly effective services” which led to significantly improved outcomes. The manager and staff were also praised for providing high-quality care. A big well done to everyone involved, more can be read here.

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July events

  • Councillors surgery-Ward Councillors will be available to speak about any local issues they can help with on Saturday 4th July from 10.30am-12pm at Whitley cafe. No appointment necessary just drop in.
  • Reading buses open day-the Council owned and run bus company, and winner of a string of national bus awards will be holding its annual open day on Sunday July 3rd from 10am at Great Knollys street. Many stalls, food and behind the scenes tours are available.
  • ACE committee meeting-Eileen and Ashley as Chair & Vice Chair will be ooverseeing the Adult, Children and social care committee on Monday 4th July at 6.30pm at the Civic centre. It is a public and will include an update on the schools improvement plan.
  • South Reading churches fun day- The annual churches fun day will take place at Rabsons Rec on Saturday 9th July from 12pm-4pm and Church Ward Councillors will be in attendance. The annual festival includes various stalls, free food and events for children.
  • Ridgeway Governors day-Ashley will be in attendance at Ridgeway Primary school all day on Tuesday 12th July from 9a.m. Ashley will help judge a poetry competition and meet with teachers and senior leaders.
  • South Reading Neighbourhood action group-The neighbourhood group is being relaunched in South Reading and the first meeting will take place on Thursday 21st July at 7pm at South Reading youth and community centre. Residents and community leaders are welcome and will be joined by Councillors and the police.
  • Grass verge parking ban-Councillors will begin canvassing opinion on the possibility of introducing a grass verge parking ban in Hartland, Whitley Wood and Winton Roads.
  • South Reading calendar-The updated version of the South Reading calendar will be delivered to households at the end of the month. The update will run from July to December and a preview can be seen here- South Reading events calendar A5-IB v4.5
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WhitFest 2016

Paul, Ashley and Eileen at their WhitFest stall.

Paul, Ashley and Eileen at their WhitFest stall.

Church Ward Councillors were present at this year’s WhitFest which was again a great success. There was music from local bands and local schools, as well as different stalls including the pop up Whitley museum, the scouts and Reading University. Councillors were there to meet local residents and ask their opinion of the possibility of a 20mph zone in the ward.

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Affinity rents to be cut

Council tenants in South Reading will all see a reduction in their rent after Reading Council decided to implement the rent cut to Affinity tenants that other Council tenants across the Borough received.

The policy committee agreed to the proposal which will see a 1.98 per cent decrease in rent until April 2017 which will mean an average rent decrease of £2.16 per week. Service charges will increase by £2 a week. Whitley Affinity tenants will now see the same cut in rent as Reading Borough Council tenants.

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Northumberland Avenue strengthening works

The stretch of Northumberland Avenue between Cantebury road and Cressingham Road is to undergo strengthening works from 20th June for approximately 4 weeks. During this time we will be excavating and removing areas of carriageway where the existing underlying concrete has deteriorated and failed, and reinstating ready to resurface in the school annual surface programme to be carried out between  8th August and 2nd September 2016 and the road will be resurfaced during these dates. Many residents have got on contact with us about this road and we hope these works help improve the state of the road. Diversions will be in place and this includes to the number 5 bus services.


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Number 9 bus route set to change

The scarlet red number 9 bus route is under consultation to change  It’s route. The proposal looks for the bus to be rerouted down Cressingham Road which has long been suggested by many residents. The Council owned bus company want to serve residents as is best possible and we would also like to thank Whitley Big Local for their work on this.. The suggested new route can be seen below.

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The consultation can be found here and you can email feedback to:


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