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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
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Council Continues to Perform Well on Narrowing the Gender Pay Gap

  • Latest data shows Reading Council continues to outperform most organisations in narrowing the gender pay gap
  • Pay gap stands at 2.06%, against a national average for the whole economy of 15.4%
Maiwand Lion

New booklet celebrates the history of Reading’s Maiwand Lion

  • Fascinating insight into Reading’s most famous monument
  • Available from Reading Libraries now
Reading online interactive maps

New online maps reveal history of Reading’s streets

  • Explore Victorian Reading online with new map collection
  • Zoom in on a particular area to discover more about the hidden history of your house, your street and your community
  • 29 maps of selected areas of central Reading available
Rewilding in Bugs Bottom

Reading Council to extend successful ‘Rewilding’ trial into 2022

  • Rewilding scheme first introduced in 2020 continues to be a great success
  • Initiative launched in 12 parks during 2021
  • Introduction of wildflowers to town centre locations 
  • Several volunteer groups created community-led rewilding sites last season
FREE Business Support

High-street expert to share top tips with Reading businesses

  • Free expert advice for local businesses
  • Virtual and live workshops running during March 
Platinum Jubilee tree planting (1)

Reading adds to the Queen’s Green Canopy in honour of her majesty’s Platinum Jubilee

  • An oak tree will be planted at the Civic Offices
  • Further Reading Jubilee events announced
Gym refurbishment

Work starts next week on improvements at Meadway Leisure Centre

  • Improvements include refurbishment of the gym and new studio space
  • The work is expected to take 3 months
Taxi Licence Revoked

Reading taxi driver loses licence appeal following public safety concerns

  • Reading Borough Council licensed taxi driver had his licence revoked in June 2021
  • His appeal was denied and was ordered to pay legal costs of over £1,000 to the Council
Children's Fest 2022

Biscuit-themed fun as Reading’s Children’s Festival returns for 2022

  • Children's Festival returns with 3 fun-packed weeks of events and activities between 14 May and 5 June 2022
  • This year's festival celebrates Huntley and Palmers 200th Anniversary
  • Local groups, charities and businesses who would like to hold activities, workshops, open days and more are invited to apply 
Green Park Station aerial panorama

Breathtaking aerial footage shows latest progress on Green Park Station

  • New fully accessible footbridge linking the two platforms now in position
  • Station expected to be open for public use by summer 2022
Paul and coach Rob at the Rivermead Gym

Drive to improve health and wellbeing across Reading

  • £450k investment in targeted activities to reduce health inequalities
  • Physical activity referral scheme supports people back into keeping physically active