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Action Plan in place to address payments error

  • Report to Audit and Governance Committee on 25 January
  • All monies have been fully recovered
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
Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

Reading’s evening of reflection to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

  • A free event speakers, choral performances and an address from a keynote speaker will be taking place to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 on 26 January
  • The mix of live and online elements has been organised is by Reading Borough Council and ACRE, and supported by Reading Hebrew Congregation, Maidenhead Synagogue, Reading Refugee Support Group and Berkshire Rwandese Community
Could you help me life my best life?

Reading Council Launches Carer Recruitment Campaign

  • Reading Borough Council is supporting the recruitment of local carers
  • Could you ‘help someone live their best life?’
Work progresses on Reading Borough Council's improvements to the Courage Park playground

Courage Park Playground Undergoes Exciting Redevelopment

  • Over £116,000 of improvements are being made in Courage Park, providing new play equipment
  • Work forms part of a wider regeneration of the Wensley Road Estate
  • New Courage Park playground follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council 
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Progress on ‘Social Value’ Council Contracts

  • Reading Council is making progress on increasing the number of contracts with explicit social value elements
  • Contracts worth more than £34 million now include explicit social value elements - nearly 14% of the Council's external contract spend
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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
Drone footage Palmer Park 2022

Stunning drone footage of community swimming pool taking shape

  • Footage of the Palmer Park construction site captured on New Year’s Day 2022
  • The outline of the new pool and steel frame of the entrance and information hub is now visible
  • The new community pool and facilities will open to the public in late 2022
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More Voluntary Sector Funding to Support Struggling Children and Individuals

  • The Council is distributing £91,000 to voluntary organisations in Reading to help individuals struggling this winter
  • It follows food and energy voucher schemes for those eligible
Food waste recycling is in operation in Reading this Christmas for the first time

Reading’s Residents Set To Recycle More Than Ever This Christmas

  • More Christmas recycling expected in Reading than ever before after food waste recycling was introduced in February
  • Glass bottles of any colour can now be put in any bottle banks that have space
  • Free to use Christmas tree recycling points in place at eleven sites around the borough from 4 to 23 January
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Council Moves Quickly To Protect and Vaccinate Those Sleeping Rough in Reading

  • People found sleeping on the streets in Reading will be provided with accommodation throughout the winter
  • Co-ordinated approach will also see easy access given to COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Initiative follows Council recently opening site with 40 modular homes for formerly homeless people