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Residents Invited To Give Views On Town Centre Safety Next Week

  • Two drop-in sessions on Monday 14 November will give residents the chance to shape future Town Centre plans
  • Resident input will help shape spending of £429,000 funding for safety improvements
Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

Council receives £429,000 funding to make Reading safer

  • New funding will help make Reading town centre a safer place for residents and visitors
  • Schemes including a Community Safe Hub, CCTV and improved lighting are planned with £429,000 award, with an additional 50% match funding coming from the Council and its partners
  • Residents encouraged to take part in current consultations open now on community safety, serious violence and domestic abuse
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Have your say on Reading’s community safety, serious violence and domestic abuse strategies

  • Residents encouraged to give vital feedback of their views on crime, anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse
  • Feedback will help make Reading safer by shaping future responses to crime and violence
  • Make sure you've had your say by 5 September when consultations end
Motorbike nuisance

A call to arms for ASB Week 2022 – download the Reportable app

  • Reading Borough Council is urging residents to download the Reportable app to help reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Almost 400 reports of ASB logged through the app in the past year
  • Reporting allows the Council and partners such as Thames Valley Police to clamp down on issues such as motorbike nuisance and drug dealing
One of Reading's food waste collection vehicles which residents now have the chance to name

Your chance to name one of Reading’s food waste collection trucks

  • Enter your food waste truck name suggestion online for a chance to see it printed on a vehicle collecting in Reading
  • Reading's food waste trucks are collecting over 2kg of food waste weekly on average from participating households
  • Food waste recycling reduces waste going to landfill, saves money, and is turned into fertiliser and electricity
Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading's Lead Member for Environmental Services and Community Safety, out collecting bulky items with Reading's waste team

New free bulky waste collection service begins

  • Reading households can now book a free bulky waste collection every six months
  • New free service will assist residents to dispose of large items and reduce number of trips needed to the re3 centre
  • £250,000 annual investment will also help to discourage fly tipping
Weed control

Council trials weed control alternatives

  • Trials starting today in south Reading along Northumberland Avenue
  • Several alternative ways to control vegetation on roads and pavements
  • Methods include the use of vinegar and steam
Emmer Green Brownies litter picking

Sign up for the Great British Spring Clean for a cleaner, greener Reading

  • The Great British Spring Clean from 25 March to 10 April
  • People can sign up for litter picking equipment by joining the Council's RAYS scheme
Garden waste green bin

Garden Waste Collections Resume Next Week In Reading

  • Garden waste collections to resume in Reading from Monday 7 February
  • Pause was necessary to protect essential collection services during highest impact of COVID-19
  • Residents to receive extension to their subscription for weeks missed
School children at Portman Road Playground-2

Portman Road play area transformation complete

  • A £94k investment has been made to refurbish the playground and games area at Portman Road
  • Children of all ages and abilities can now benefit from play area and follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council
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COVID-19 Pressures Force Garden Waste Collections To Remain Paused

  • Garden waste collections remain paused to protect essential waste collection services
  • Christmas trees can be taken to 11 free council collection sites around Reading
  • Garden waste subscribers will receive an extension to their collection period to compensate for weeks lost
Three members of the Reading Borough Council Recycling & Enforcement team (l-r) Jonnelle Phoenix-Roach, Holly Tough and Daniel Moore

800 fixed penalty notices in two years highlights council’s tough stance on fly-tipping and littering

  • Council's specialist team has issued over 800 fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping and littering offences in just two years
  • Fine income has been reinvested in CCTV to help combat fly-tipping further
  • Council sends message to fly-tippers that they will be caught and punished