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Invitation to the Civic Carol Service 2023

  • Annual Civic Carol Concert being held at Reading Minster of St Mary the Virgin, 14 December from 6:30pm
  • Service includes carols, readings, and a performance from Ukrainian choir Kryla
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Planning Approval for More Affordable Council Homes and Respite Care Facility

  • Planning approval for 47 new affordable Council homes and a respite care facility
  • Developments to make use of pockets of Council owned land
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Have your say on plans to tackle air pollution in Reading

  • Consultation launched on Reading’s Air Quality Action Plan 2024-29
  • Reading’s air quality is improving but some areas are still above pollution targets
  • Measures in the plan to benefit people’s health, the environment and quality of life
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Council Frustrated in Bid to Tackle Sub-Standard Homes

  • Council planning policy aimed at reducing the number of sub-standard homes in Reading now covers only 21% of the scheme's original area after a Government ruling
  • Permitted Development Rights can lead to residents moving into areas that are unsuitable as places to live, due to noise, disturbance and air quality issues
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High Inflation and Cost-of-Living Drives New Demand for Council Services

  • Latest budget update shows the financial impact of high inflation and increased demand for Council services as the cost-of-living crisis continues
  • Nearly £13 million in savings, efficiencies and income likely to be required over the next three years
  • Council awaits Local Government Finance Settlement details before finalising its budget in February
Schools' Climate Conference

Local school pupils take part in mock COP28 conference in Reading

  • Students from eight local secondary schools debating climate change in Reading council chamber
  • Local decision makers, experts and activists quizzed by students in a Climate Question Time
  • Annual Reading Model Climate Conference celebrating its 10th anniversary
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New Sunday bus service for Green Park Village and Mereoak P&R

  • Council funds new Sunday 650 bus route to serve south Reading
  • Free to use throughout December
  • New route part of the Council’s £26m Bus Service Improvement Plan
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Small Grants Making a Big Difference

  • The next bidding round of the Council's popular Small Grants Fund scheme has opened today
  • Community groups have another chance to bid for a share of £100,000 worth of funds to host activities, particularly in parts of Reading where need is greatest
  • Huge array of activities took place as part of last year's Council initiative
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Local Plan Consultation Offers Opportunity to Help Shape the Future of Reading

  • Public consultation launches today on key local planning document which will help shape the future of Reading 
  • Council is proposing changes to increase the number of family-sized homes, affordable homes and set high standards for developers on sustainable housing
  • Residents have until the end of January to take part
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Planning Approved for Sheltered Housing and Day Opportunities Centre

  • 42 new one-bedroom homes to be built for people aged over 55 years
  • Day Opportunities Centre for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities
New festoon lighting in Chain Street, as well as Union Street, has increased visibility and safety in two key cut throughs in Reading

Town centre measures to improve safety of women and girls

  • More CCTV cameras in areas where people feel less safe
  • Additional street lighting
  • Measures to reduce anti-social and predatory behaviour