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Portman Road

Residents invited to vote on new Portman Road Playground Designs

  • Portman Road Children's Playground is set to benefit from a £94k investment
  • 4 designs from leading, specialist companies have been shortlisted
  • Local residents can vote for their preferred design in an online consultation at
  • The winning design will be announced in August and be ready for use in November 2021

Next Step in the Return of Reading’s Libraries

  • Opening hours extended by a further 48 hours per week across 6 libraries.
  • Browsing returns at most library branches

Residents Urged to Look Out for Their Voter Registration Details in the Post

  • The Council's annual canvass begins this week
  • Residents urged to look out for their voter registration details in the post and make sure details are correct
Wild World Heroes

Children Invited to Join ‘Wild World Heroes’ at Reading Libraries this Summer

  • Reading’s Summer Reading Challenge available from this week
  • Environmental-themed challenge chosen for 2021
  • Children aged 4-11 encouraged to sign up to read at least 6 books over the summer
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Council Submits Expression of Interest for Electric Buses in Reading

  • The Council submit an expression of interest to the DfT in rolling out fleet of electric buses in the town
  • If successful, bid would deliver 59 electric buses in Reading over four years
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Council To Create More SEND School Places with Expansion of The Avenue

  • Council is proposing to create extra SEND school places by expanding The Avenue Centre
  • If agreed, SEND pupils from Reading are more likely to be able to attend a school close to home and in the borough
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Heritage and Arts Hub Proposal at Iconic Cemetery Arch Set to be Progressed

  • Local arts group set to be offered window of opportunity to develop its plans for iconic Cemetery Arch
  • Council believes proposal provides wider economic, community and social wellbeing opportunities for Reading 
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New Help Pledged To Landlords And Tenants To Avoid Evictions

  • New online resources from Reading Borough Council offer support to landlords and tenants to help both parties avoid evictions where possible
  • Initiative introduced in response to fears of more evictions caused by reduction of tenant protection initially set up by Government to help tenants through the COVID-19 pandemic
New Leisure Partners

Reading’s New Leisure Partner Operating Leisure Centres from Today

  • GLL will now operate all of Reading’s three leisure centres on the Council’s behalf
  • Membership and customer schemes will allow access to every single Council sports facility across the borough
  • An important next step in the Council’s commitment to delivering modern new leisure facilities for Reading

Reading Will Bid for City Status

  • The Council announces it will bid for City Status on behalf of Reading
  • Residents, community groups, business representatives and voluntary organisations invited to support Reading's bid 

Dogs Sniff Out Illegal Cigarettes and Tobacco

  • Hounds Yoyo and Cooper successfully sniff out 36,000 illegal and counterfeit cigarettes in Reading
  • Inspections took place along the Oxford Road last week