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Volunteer with Reading Libraries

Young volunteers needed to support Summer Reading Challenge

  • Volunteers sought between 14 and 18 who are enthusiastic about reading.
  • Opportunity to develop new skills and work experience.
  • Summer Reading Challenge 2022 launches on 9 July.
Bike Hub

Council to support new cycle hub in town centre

  • Proposed cycle hub at the former Primark unit in central Reading
  • Enclosed cycle facility would combine cycle parking and maintenance facilities
  • Supported by Primark and run in partnership with Ethical Reading and The Reading Bicycle Kitchen
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
Caring for carers

Caring for carers

Reading Borough Council are shining a light on the vital contribution of the care sector and the invaluable role of unpaid carers to families and the community.

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
Time Capsule Burial

School children send a message to the future at new leisure centre site

  • Time capsules buried at the Rivermead construction site
  • A local school has provided mementoes to capture the spirit of 2022
  • New leisure centre due to open in spring 2023
London based Ukrainian Dance group Prolisok appearing at Water Fest

Countdown to a fun-filled Platinum Jubilee Water Fest

  • Reading Water Fest on Saturday 4 June 2022, 11am – 5pm
  • The free festival will celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
  • With special guests, Ukrainian Dance group Prolisok
Jubilee craft display at Battle Library

Fun-packed Jubilee themed half-term for families this summer

  • Free and low-cost activities on offer this summer half-term across Reading
  • Theatres, crafts, arts and activities to keep the kids entertained
  • Jubilee events and activities galore
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Council Tax Rebate Application Process Opens for Remaining Residents

  • The application process for people who have not yet had their £150 rebate payment - including those who do not pay Council Tax by direct debit - is now open
  • Around 40,000 households in Reading who pay by Direct Debit have already been sent their £150 rebate
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Council Leader on City Status Disappointment

  • Government has announced Reading was unsuccessful in its City Status bid
  • Council Leader Jason Brock: "Today's result does not change any of the things which make us proud of Reading." 
Vapes Test Purchase

Warning to shopkeepers after Reading Shops Sold Vapes to 15-Year-Old

  • Test purchase exercise by Trading Standards showed underage volunteers were sold vapes 
  • Shop owners provided free training to improve protection for young people