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Historic Horseshoe Bridge to be Cleaned and Refurbished

  • 130-year-old Horseshoe Bridge is set to be refurbished by Network Rail after lobbying by the Council
  • Bridge will be repainted, have graffiti removed and open meshing installed to help increase visibility and safety
  • Council will also work with local residents on the idea of a 'community mural' on the historic brick bridge behind 
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New Budget Includes Millions More on New Road Surfaces in Reading

  • New Council Budget Invests in Reading’s future whilst helping residents with the rising cost of living
  • New budget includes £8 million more on new road surfaces, as well as protecting investments in new pools, new and refurbished stations, affordable housing and the climate emergency
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Garden Waste Collections Resume Next Week In Reading

  • Garden waste collections to resume in Reading from Monday 7 February
  • Pause was necessary to protect essential collection services during highest impact of COVID-19
  • Residents to receive extension to their subscription for weeks missed
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Crescent Road School Street set to launch after February half term

  • East Reading’s first school street set to launch from Monday 28 February
  • Initially launching during the mornings
  • More volunteer school street marshals still needed
One of Reading Borough Council's most recent affordable housing developments, in George Street

Reading Awarded £25,000 To Plan Regeneration Of Affordable Housing

  • Funding will be used to plan future development and regeneration of Reading's housing stock
  • Focus will be on sustainable, energy efficient enhancement and replacement of older homes in the borough
  • Funding will complement existing plans to build 300 new affordable homes in the next three years
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Latest Discretionary Covid Support Grant Applications Process Now Open to Non Rate Paying Hospitality and Leisure Businesses in Reading

  • Latest Council Covid grants application process opens today
  • Non rate paying businesses in the leisure or hospitality sector, or businesses that are ancillary to the sector, have a two- week window to apply
  • Grants of £6,000, £4,000 or £2,667 are available to eligible businesses, depending on numbers of employees
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Council Calls on Developers to Build the Homes Which Reading Needs

  • Reading surpasses its target for new homes in the borough but Council Leader calls on developers to meet the demand for family homes in the town
  • 43% of new homes built in Reading over the last three years were one bedroom
  • Reading needs more than 50% of its new homes to be family-sized homes of three or more bedrooms.
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Action Plan in place to address payments error

  • Report to Audit and Governance Committee on 25 January
  • All monies have been fully recovered
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Portman Road play area transformation complete

  • A £94k investment has been made to refurbish the playground and games area at Portman Road
  • Children of all ages and abilities can now benefit from play area and follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council
Holocaust Memorial Day 2022

Reading’s evening of reflection to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

  • A free event speakers, choral performances and an address from a keynote speaker will be taking place to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 on 26 January
  • The mix of live and online elements has been organised is by Reading Borough Council and ACRE, and supported by Reading Hebrew Congregation, Maidenhead Synagogue, Reading Refugee Support Group and Berkshire Rwandese Community
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Reading Council Launches Carer Recruitment Campaign

  • Reading Borough Council is supporting the recruitment of local carers
  • Could you ‘help someone live their best life?’
Work progresses on Reading Borough Council's improvements to the Courage Park playground

Courage Park Playground Undergoes Exciting Redevelopment

  • Over £116,000 of improvements are being made in Courage Park, providing new play equipment
  • Work forms part of a wider regeneration of the Wensley Road Estate
  • New Courage Park playground follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council