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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Ashley visits Reading Girls school

Ashley paid a visit to Reading Girls School on Northumberland Avenue this month alongside Whitley Councillor Rachel Eden. Educational issues including admissions and Ofsted were discussed with the Principal Jon Gargan. The school was this year the highest performing non selective school in Reading, being in the top 5% in the country for progress.

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New Reading station Green Park opens in 2020 – final details confirmed

Reading’s new Green Park train station is still set to open by the end of 2020 after plans for its building were finalised.

Councillor Tony Page, lead member for Transport and Planning, said the station is scheduled to open by the end of 2020 but “hopefully a bit earlier” and is now fully funded.

Green Park train station’s building was given the green light by councillors in September with the condition that the issues over the disabled toilet are resolved.

The building will include a ticket and enquiry desk, ticket office, staff rest and toilet facilities, male and female toilets, one accessible outside toilet, a baby change facility, self-service ticket machines and shops.

The station will be part of the Reading to Basingstoke Line run by GWR.

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Food waste collection coming to Reading in 2020

Between 30% and 40% of the household rubbish put into our grey bins in Reading is food waste. This often ends up in landfill where it rots and releases methane, a harmful greenhouse gas. When recycled, food waste can be turned into fertiliser for farming and energy. It’s also cheaper – every time we compost a lorry load of food instead of sending it to landfill it saves £100.

We’re introducing weekly kerbside food waste collections from October 2020. Over the coming year we’ll provide you with all the information and equipment you need to take part.

The benefits include:

  • Composted food waste can be turned into electricity fertiliser for farming.
  • Composting food instead of burying it in landfill reduces the amount of methane (a powerful greenhouse gas) released into the atmosphere.
  • It’s cheaper – every time we compost a lorry load of food instead of sending it to landfill it saves £100.
  • Separating food waste means you have more room in your black bin to put things you cannot recycle.

You will have two food waste containers, a small indoor kitchen caddy (5 litre) to put in your kitchen and a larger outdoor caddy (23 litre) for you to put outside for collection. These will be delivered to everyone’s home.

The food waste will be collected weekly.

You’ll receive more details nearer the time, including all the information and equipment you need to take part.

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Matt Rodda’s ‘re-elected in Reading East

Labour candidate and MP for Reading East Matt Rodda held on to his seat and increased his majority. He received 27,102 votes – beating Conservative candidate Craig Morley by 5,924 votes. Matt has been an MP since 2017 and is a regular in Church Ward at surgeries and canvassing with local Councillors.

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£9 Million Proposed for Reading’s Biggest Ever Road Investment Programme

Reading Council will embark on the Borough’s biggest ever road repair programme as part of a new £9 million investment package being proposed.

Over the next three years, every resident and road user in Reading will benefit from newly laid local road surfaces, newly laid pavements and footpaths and a purge on potholes,  which is being proposed as part of the Council’s new budget for 2020 -2023.

While the Council carries out a main road resurfacing programme every year, an estimated 80% of the current maintenance backlog in Reading relates to residential roads and pavements. Most of the complaints received by the Council and local Councillors are about the condition of residential roads.

As a result, around £2.5 million – the bulk of the proposed new capital funding – would be invested next year on new road surfaces and repairs for residential streets and housing estates, with more than £500,000 spent on new pavements surfaces. The Council will continue to invest up to £900,000 of the annual Local Transport Plan capital award, received from central Government, on main roads.

Roads will be selected using the Council’s existing road priority selection criteria, where they are repaired in order of condition. It is envisaged that Councillors will be provided with the prioritised road list for their ward and will then be able to feed their local knowledge into the process, as they are often the first lobbied by residents about priorities in their areas. The rolling list of roads would be reviewed annually to ensure the money is being spent where it will make the most impact.

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January events

Councillor’s advice surgery: Church Ward Councillors will be available to discuss any issues with residents on Saturday 4th January at 10.30am-12pm at St.Barnabus Church hall from 10.30am-12pm.

Canvassing– Councillors and activists will be out speaking to residents on Saturday 18th on Alandale and Wentworth from 11am

Full Council meeting: Church Ward Councillors will be in attendance at the Full Council meeting on Tuesday 28th at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre.

Policy Committee meeting: Ashley will be present in his role as Lead member for education on Monday 20th at 6.30pm at the Civic Centre.

ACE committee meeting: Ashley and Ruth will be in attendance at the Adult, Children services and education committee meeting on Thursday 9th at 6.30pm at the Civic centre. A report on School admissions will be discussed.

Schools Forum: discussions between school head teachers will take place on Thursdaty 16th at 5pm at the Civic Centre.

Governors briefing: Ashley will be meeting with School Governors from across the Borough to update on education issues on Tuesday 14th from 6pm at The Avenue School.

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 the ward. If you have any feedback on this please contact us.

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