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Council Proposes Opening Up Station Subway to Cyclists

  • Council is proposing removing the cycling restriction along Reading Station Subway which has been in place since it opened in 2013
  • Removing low ceilings panels and improved lighting also form part of the proposals
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Future of Sidmouth Street Cycle Lane to be Considered Next Week

  • Recommendation to make the fully segregated cycle lane at Sidmouth Street permanent 
  • Cycle lane is a stepping stone to improved cycle links in the area when funding becomes available
  • Councillors will discuss the recommendation next week
Group L to R: Darren Horvath, Philip Newcombe, Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward (centre), Christelle Beaupoux, Reading Council's Performance & Special Projects Manager (back); Lisa-Marie Gibbs and Jim Pooley.
Both Darren and Jim contributed to the content in the newspaper.

Local artists launch ‘The Oxford Road Times’, a one-off community newspaper

  • Community newspaper celebrates the diverse and rich culture of the Oxford Road
  • The paper documents a range of happenings, events and workshops delivered with various Oxford Road community groups this year
Reading Borough Council's RSI funding will help build on existing work to help rough sleepers, which includes the Caversham Road modular homes site where 40 former rough sleepers now live

Council Awarded £2.8m In Successful Rough Sleeping Funding Bid

  • Crucial funding will allow Reading Borough Council to further increase its activity to address rough sleeping
  • Housing First approach will see at least 20 properties made available to clients
  • Investment will build on the award winning Caversham Road modular homes initiative which houses 40 former rough sleepers
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Creative projects to help improve young people’s mental wellbeing to launch in September

  • Grants awarded to Dance Reading, Reading Football Club Community Trust, and RABBLE Theatre in partnership with Make/Sense Theatre
  • Activities will run from September 2022 to July 2023 in selected schools and community venues
  • Young people with wellbeing needs can be referred for a place through their school or youth worker
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Residents asked to look out for Canvass Forms

  • Canvass Forms are sent to households who have not yet responded
  • Local elections taking place in Reading in May 2023
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Reading Festival 2022 - say no to single-use plastics and take your tents home

  • Festival goers are encouraged to act sustainably
  • Key message is to take tents home and avoid single-use plastics
Group l to r: Cllr Adele Barnett-Ward, Reading's Lead Councillor for Leisure and Culture; Cllr Jason Brock; Cllr Deb Edwards; Donna Pentelow, Reading Council's Assistant Director of Culture.

Get set for a hole-in-one at the Prospect Park Ranger Station

  • Exciting new play activity centre at Prospect Park
  • Mini-golf and Sky Tykes low ropes now open for play
Cllr Rachel Eden, Mayor of Reading. Image by Neil Horne – Eye Imagine

Invitation to ‘Beat the Bounds’ with the Mayor of Reading for charity

  • Mayor of Reading, Rachel Eden, will walk the boundaries of Reading for this year's Mayoral Charities
  • Residents invited to purchase specially created map and join in the walk at their leisure to raise money
  • Last boundary walk took place in 1912, with then-mayor John Wessley
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Green Flag Award 2022 recognition for two of Reading’s most popular green spaces

  • The Forbury Gardens and Caversham Court Gardens have both received Green Flag Awards
  • Both sites have also received a Green Heritage Site Award
  • A record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, with 2,208 winners celebrating success
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Reading Festival 2022

  • More than 100,000 revellers expected over the three festival days.
  • Residents are reminded to plan ahead as shops, public transport and roads will be busier.