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Reading Borough Council Civic Offices

Council receives £429,000 funding to make Reading safer

  • New funding will help make Reading town centre a safer place for residents and visitors
  • Schemes including a Community Safe Hub, CCTV and improved lighting are planned with £429,000 award, with an additional 50% match funding coming from the Council and its partners
  • Residents encouraged to take part in current consultations open now on community safety, serious violence and domestic abuse
Digital Permits

Have your say on plans for a digital parking pilot scheme

  • Consultation on digital parking launches on 4 August
  • Proposals to trial a new digital parking permit scheme in Lower Caversham later this year
  • Digital parking permits can be issued instantly, reduce complaints and also mean visitor permits can be used by the hour, offering better value for money for residents
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£100,000 Worth of Council Grants Awarded to Help Marginalised Residents

  • Council funds 25 organisations to the tune of £100,000 to help marginalised residents across Reading
  • Full list of projects below
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Have your say on Reading’s community safety, serious violence and domestic abuse strategies

  • Residents encouraged to give vital feedback of their views on crime, anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse
  • Feedback will help make Reading safer by shaping future responses to crime and violence
  • Make sure you've had your say by 5 September when consultations end
Autism

Feedback Needed on New Reading All-Age Autism Strategy

THE Council is asking for feedback on the new borough-wide Reading All-Age Autism Strategy to ensure all partners and organisations are doing everything they can to help autistic people in Reading.

Photo shows representatives from Reading Council and GLL celebrating the improvements to Meadway Leisure Centre.

Meadway Leisure Centre showcases improved facilities

  • Improvements at Meadway Leisure Centre include refurbishment of the gym, studios, and changing rooms
  • The centre’s reception has been significantly revamped
  • The gym has been extended with improved equipment
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£1 Million in Council Funding to Voluntary Sector to Tackle Poverty and Inequality

  • Nearly £1 million in grants to be handed to voluntary organisations in Reading to help tackle inequality in the town
  • Work will target some of Reading's most deprived communities
Resident Adrian Jack receives a certificate from Lead Councillor for Environmental Services and Community Safety Karen Rowland alongside the truck he named Ricky Gerwaste

What are Reading’s food waste trucks named, aside from Ricky Gerwaste? Full list of names revealed

  • Names revealed for Reading's six food waste trucks
  • Ricky Gervais landed the scoop of revealing the first one, Ricky Gerwaste, on social media
  • Reading's food waste trucks collect on average over 2kg of food waste each week from participating households
  • Recycled food waste is turned into fertiliser for farming, and electricity to power homes
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Public Consultation Launched on Making Sidmouth Street Cycle Lane Permanent

  • Statutory consultation launched on making the Sidmouth Street cycle lane permanent
  • Sidmouth Street is intended to become a key link in the expansion of Reading's future cycle network
  • It will also link to the new Shinfield Road cycle lane being built by the Council later this year
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Reading Communities Benefit from £4.5 Million Worth of Investments

  • 61 community projects worth £4.5 million have benefitted from CIL funding
  • The money is paid by developers as part of conditions for the grant of new planning permissions 
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A call to arms for ASB Week 2022 – download the Reportable app

  • Reading Borough Council is urging residents to download the Reportable app to help reduce anti-social behaviour
  • Almost 400 reports of ASB logged through the app in the past year
  • Reporting allows the Council and partners such as Thames Valley Police to clamp down on issues such as motorbike nuisance and drug dealing
Active Travel

Council launches new walking and cycling maps this summer

  • New walking and cycling maps encourage everyone to travel actively around Reading
  • Explore the Borough on foot or by bike
  • An online interactive map is also available