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Monthly Archives: December 2016

January events

  • Councillors surgery: Councillors will be holding their regular monthly surgery on Saturday 7th January at 10.30am at the Whitley cafe.
  • Youth centre consultation: plans to close Whitley Libraries current building and relocate to a new community hub at the community centre are discussed in the ward news section of this site. A consultation on the proposals starts on Wedenesdsy Janaury 4th. The link can be found here.
  • Full Council meeting: Church Ward Councillors will be present at January’s Full Council meeting at the Civic centre on Bridge street on Tuesday 24th January at 6.30pm. The issue of GP funding in South Readng is due to come up.
  • South Reading action group-local residents are designed to meet with community leaders on Thursday 26th January at 7pm at the South Reading Youth and community centre. 
  • Notice boards: Councillors will be bringing two notice boards back into use this month. The community information points by Beech Lane and Linden Road/Blagdon road will have useful information inputted.
  • South Reading calendar: The latest version of the popular South Reading calendar with lots of dates for local events will be delivered to every household in Reading. if you have any feedback on this please contact us.
  • St. Patrick’s hall redevelopment exhibition: An exhibition by Reading Uni to consult with residents on planning proposals for changes to St.Patrick’s hall will take place on Wednesday 11th January at 6.30pm at the Shamrock cafe. Plans can also be seen at the website: here.
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South Reading community hub consultation

Reading Council and Whitley Community development association (the group who oversee the spending of the £1m lottery funding), have recently been working on a project for a New South Reading hub. The new project would see the closure of the libraries current building at the bottom of Cressingham road and for this to be relocated to the South Reading community centre. This would see the Whitley cafe improve its current toilet and kitchen facilities as well as the library being located opposite in a new community hub. This would see facilities upgraded, meeting spaces maintained and entrances rationalized. The project has come about due to continued Government cuts to the Council’s funding but due to the work of WCDA, Reading Council and local Councillors, we believe we have come up with a proposal that will improve local facilities. It will see an upgrading of current facilities, a better library location with greater footfall and a hub offering a wider range of services. A consultation for the project starts on January 4th and we would be interested to hear your views. The link can be found here

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Carols by candleligt for Launchpad

Ashley attended the annual Launchpad carols by candlelight ceremony at Reading Minster Church this week. The annual event organised by Readings homeless charity saw carols, readings and a guest appearance from Rogue traders Matt Allbright. The event raised a much needed £7800 for the charity and a huge thank you to all involved.

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Tory cuts underfund social care

As the tipping point fast approaches when the number of older people with care needs is predicted to surpass the numbers of working age people available to provide unpaid care, the role of the state in helping should be rising up the agenda. But the Conservative party continues to cut budgets and ignore the issue, chancellor Philip Hammond did not mention it once in his Autumn statement. The Government has failed to listen to urgent calls from Councils, the NHS, charities, MP’s and care providers about the critical funding crisis in social care. They refuse to acknowledge let alone fund the £2.6bn funding gap the country faces by 2020. The crisis is real and its happening now, the social care funding crisis is one of the main reasons the Royal Berks is at breaking point. Around two thirds of the Council’s budget is spent on adult social care. These are the elderly and most vulnerable in our society and the Government should adequately fund this. By providing better care services locally we can also reduce hospital admissions and therefore pressured the NHS. Between 2010-2020 the Council’s budget would have been cut by 40% whilst the number of people requiring and deserving of social care has risen. The position this Government is putting Coucnils and vulnerable residents in needs to change and fast.

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