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Chess Prospect Park

Check Out The New Alfresco Chess Tables In Two Reading Parks

OUTDOOR chess tables have been installed at Prospect Park and Palmer Park, made possible with Levelling Up and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Funding.

Reading skyline

Revised Timetable for Next Stage of Consultation on Reading’s Local Plan

  • Publication of updated national planning policy guidance means the next phase of consultation on Reading's Local Plan will now take place from November
  • When finalised, Reading’s Local Plan will guide decisions on planning applications up to 2041
Voting-7

Are You Election Ready?

  • Residents reminded of several changes to the polling process this year
  • Voter ID will once again be required for people choosing to vote in person at polling stations
  • Changes have also been made to the Absent Vote application process
CHC logo

£44,000 available to help reduce health inequalities in Reading

Voluntary and community organisations across Reading can now apply for grants up to £10,000 to help reduce health inequalities across the borough.

Kenya Butchers, West Street

Butchers closed by the Council After Rats Contaminated Meat

  • Butcher's shop closed by Council's Environmental Health team due to extensive rat activity
  • Hygiene inspection revealed rat contamination on products for sale
  • New ownership failed to register with Environmental Health; owners fined £3,020
Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward and Cllr Karen Rowland-2

Help Keep Reading Tidy In The Great British Spring Clean

  • The Great British Spring Clean runs from Friday 15 – Sunday 31 March
  • People can sign up for free litter picking equipment by joining the Council's RAYS scheme
South Reading MRT

Work to start on next phase of South Reading Bus Rapid Transit scheme

  • Next phase will include new bus lanes and additional bus stops
  • A new pedestrian/cycle bridge to be built over the River Kennet
  • Work due to start on A33 Relief Road on 18 March
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Reading pedestrians to benefit from new dropped kerbs and handrails

  • £480,000 is being invested in additional safety measures for pedestrians around Reading
  • 35 dropped kerb crossings and 24 new handrails being installed
Creative Funding

Creative Grants Awarded to Local Residents

Individuals, local groups and businesses have been awarded a share of £28,300 to support creative activities and encourage residents to feel connected to Reading.

Cycle Lane

Free cycle riding and bike maintenance sessions for Reading residents

  • A new programme of adult cycle training and bike workshops launched
  • Dr Bike session and information stand in Broad Street on 14 March
Parked cars

Launch of digital visitor parking scheme trial

  • Permit holders in Lower Caversham will trial a new scratch card-free scheme
  • Upgraded system will allow visitor parking bookings in one-hour slots
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Council Leader to Stand Down

  • Council Leader announces his decision to stand down after a period of five years
  • New Leader of Reading Borough Council will be confirmed in May