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Council Set To Block ‘Undemocratic’ Permitted Development Rights From Next Year

  • Council moves to block substandard homes being built using permitted development rights
  • Use of the planning law means the views of residents and the local council are often ignored
  • If agreed, new rule would become effective in parts of Reading from October next year
Time is Nigh, 2003 by Stuart Roy Clarke.

Football Themed ‘Antiques Roadshow’ Style Event at Reading Museum

  • David Downs, the Royals’ official historian, will be on hand to discuss artefacts
  • Reading Museum’s regular Thursday Surgery returns with a football-themed special
Rediscover Reading Libraries

Rediscover Reading Libraries

  • All seven library branches in Reading open
  • Browsing and study within the library now available
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Proposals to Increase Council Tax Support for Residents

  • The Council is set to consult on changes to increase Council Tax support for residents who are entitled to claim
  • The proposal would see support increase from 65% to between 70 and 75% for those entitled
Councillor Adele Barnett-Ward, Lead Councillor for Neighbourhoods & Communities, with Reading's new electric refuse collection vehicle

Berkshire’s First All-Electric Waste Collection Vehicle Unveiled in Reading

  • First fully electric waste collection vehicle in Berkshire comes as a direct response to Reading's climate emergency
  • Vehicle will make collections from 1,400 houses daily and drive 8,000 miles a year with no tailpipe emissions
  • It is powered by clean electricity generated by food waste collections introduced by Reading Borough Council in 2020
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Approval for Prospect Park Transformation

  • Plans for new play hub and activity centre at Prospect Park approved
  • Work will start on construction during winter 2021
Poplars

Work to Protect Lombardy Poplar Trees at Christchurch Meadows Begins this Month

  • Lombardy poplars in Christchurch Meadows require tree work to ensure they can be safely retained
  • Work will start next week to prolong the longevity of the older trees
Christchurch Bridge

Christchurch Bridge to light up to mark programme of national awareness and remembrance events

  • Christchurch Bridge's in-built lighting system will be used to mark a range of national awareness days and remembrance events
  • Reading Pride this weekend will see the bridge light up in Pride colours as part of the celebrations
  • Local charities and community groups will soon be invited to apply for additional slots 
The new road surface on Northumberland Avenue, completed this summer and part of the Council's investment in improved roads

Reading’s Roads And Pavements Set For Big Improvements As Council’s £9m Investment Continues

  • Several resurfacing schemes set to resume as part of the Council's £9m investment in road improvements over three years
  • Hundreds of residential roads to be resurfaced over the next two years, as well as improvements to pavements and major roads
  • Over 100 trees to be planted from the end of autumn onwards as Reading targets carbon-neutrality