READING Borough Council’s garden waste collection service will fully resume from Monday 27 April.
The service was temporarily suspended on 27 March to allow the Council to successfully focus on ensuring priority collections of household waste and recycling could continue, despite staff shortages due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The council’s swift redeployment and retraining of staff meant that a full service of household waste and recycling has been maintained throughout, and it is now able to include garden waste collections once again.
Garden waste subscriptions of residents who had already renewed will automatically be updated to start from 27 April for a full year, with no charges for the period that the service was suspended. Existing customers who have not yet renewed, and new customers, can sign up and pay for the service now online at www.reading.gov.uk/garden-waste.
With the service resuming next week after a month-long absence, residents are being urged to only present their garden waste for collection in the bins or bags provided, as the collection team are unable to take away excess waste placed beside the bins.
More than 83% of parents got their first choice for their children’s primary school places in Reading this year, despite an increase in 160 applications compared to last year.
Brighter Futures for Children, which delivers education services in Reading, has made sure all primary school pupils in the borough have a place for September. Of these, 83.44% (1,753 pupils) got their first choice and just 3.33% (70 pupils) were offered a divert option.
The number of applications for places at Reading’s primary schools has increased, up from 1,882 in 2019 to 2,042 this year.
A total of 2,140 places were available on National Offer Day (16 April) in Reading primary schools. The remaining places (160) are held for late applications and transfers during the academic year.
For those who couldn’t be offer a place, a divert school has been offered. All divert schools are considered to be within a reasonable distance of the child’s home address. This accounts for 3% of applications.
It’s great to see more parents choosing Reading’s primary schools and over 95% getting one of their top 3 choices. Welcome to Green Park Village Academy as the newest member of our primary family here in Reading.
I’d also like to take this opportunity to extend thanks to all of our schools in Reading for all that they’ve done to keep the children of key workers and vulnerable children safe and in school, keeping home learning going so well, and still managing to help us with the admissions process. We continue to be grateful for all education staff going above and beyond every day.