Friday, 31 May 2013

Ground Breaking Plan For Reading's Potholes

Recent Repair Work On Redlands Road
A £500,000 plan to tackle the pothole problem across the borough will be considered by Reading Council’s Policy Committee on 10 June.

The work programme, which will take up to a year to complete, will involve switching all existing highway maintenance gangs to concentrate on filling in potholes. Additional personnel will be employed to ensure that other highways work can continue to be carried out.

Reading’s roads, like many other towns and cities across the UK, have suffered from the extreme winter weather, and it has become clear that the Council’s normal policy for dealing with potholes is not coping with the increased maintenance demands.

Setting out the new pothole strategy, Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Transport and Planning, Councillor Tony Page, said

“It is clear that we need a concerted offensive against potholes in Reading and that is what I am proposing. This is a ‘first’ for any unitary authority in the country and recognises the scale of legitimate public concern, and, quite literally, the depth of the problem.

“By virtue of us still having a strong in-house resource we have the capacity and flexibility to respond in an imaginative way, whilst still remaining within our budget parameters. The pothole offensive will start as soon as the additional staff, necessary vehicles and equipment are in place.

“This is not without an element of risk, as a repeat of last summer’s rainfall followed by a really harsh winter will set back our programme.

“Nevertheless, I believe the public will welcome this pothole initiative which sits alongside, and complements, our scheduled Capital Programme which will be carried out as usual during the school summer holidays. Together this offers the real prospect of transforming the condition of Reading’s roads.”

This programme will also cover the local network of cycle routes and will address concerns of cyclists and motorcyclists who are particularly vulnerable to potholes.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Hexham Estate Clean Up Success

Many thanks to all who supported the Hexham Claen Up last Saturday. In particular, Charlotte Roberts and all the Reading Borough Council staff who turned out with such good cheer. Also a special mention to Mo from the Hexham Residents Association - who helped with  the clean up and then laid on a BBQ - a real star - which was much appeciated by the refuse crews at the end of their picks up’s!
All told, 3.5 tonnes of rubbish was collected over the four hour shift - well done everyone!

Thursday, 16 May 2013

University: End Of Year Rubbish And Recycling Collections

Extra Pressure On Bins At The End Of The University Year
The university year officially ends on Friday 28 June, with lots of students moving out of their rented houses and flats in Redlands in the weeks leading up to that date and over the following week.

Reading Borough Council has made the following arrangements to cope with the extra clearance which is typical at this time of the year.
Extra Domestic waste bags will be collected during the weeks commencing 12 June and 26 June.

Extra Recycling waste bags will be collected during the weeks commencing 19 June and 3 July.

Crews will collect all domestic or recycled bagged waste adjacent to bins throughout a three week period on the relevant week, in the lead up to an additional Saturday collection on 6 July. 

It is anticipated that the majority of bagged waste not collected during the preceding weeks will be presented in front gardens for collection on Saturday 6 July.  Waste operations staff will collect all bagged waste from the area on this extra date.

The Waste Operation Management Team will survey the area daily (excluding weekends) and identify any properties with visible excess bagged waste.  The team will arrange for the crew attending that property to take extra bagged waste on the domestic week following Saturday 6 July.

Any complaints or councillor enquiries received by Streetcare Admin will be cleared without investigation by the attending crew on the next domestic collection after Saturday 6 July. 

As in previous years, no bulky waste collections will be made by Waste Operation staff.  These are available to residents and landlords on request at a cost.  Streetcare Environment Team to deliver Bulky Waste leaflets once students have vacated properties.  The University will also advertise the service as part of the build up to the end of term.

Environmental Wardens will have previously visited various areas and have written to occupiers regarding items found in front gardens.

Environmental Wardens on late shifts each week will be tasked to knock on known student properties if possible to ensure as much household waste is presented in good time ahead of scheduled refuse collection each week.

Streetcare Environment Team to monitor properties after students move out to ensure landlords remove and dispose of appropriately bulky items and waste from gardens.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Thefts From Vehicles

This is a message from Thames Valley Alert Information sent on behalf of Thames Valley Police
Message sent by
Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

Over the past few days there has been a number of theft from motor vehicles across the Reading area. Point of entry varies between forced rear doors and smashed side windows. Various property is being stolen including Sat Nav's.

The following roads have had theft from motor vehicles:

Bath Road, Reading, Watlington Street, Reading, Blundells Road, Tilehurst,,Westwood Road, Tilehurst,Recreation Road, Tilehurst, Upper Redlands Road, Reading , Blenheim Road and Uplands Road, Caversham.

Please report any suspcious incidents, sightings or any infromation to The Thames Valley Police Enquiry Centre on 101 quoting URN497 14/5/13

Friday, 3 May 2013

New Home For Alexandra Road Mosque?

Sutton Seeds roundabout: new home for Alexandra Rd mosque?
Reading Chronicle is reporting that there are plans for the Jamme Masjid mosque, currentlty based in Alexandra Road, to move to a new home near the Sutton Seeds roundabout.
The Chron says "A Muslim group is hoping to convert the De Boves House office block at the Sutton Seeds roundabout in a £2.25m project to create a more spacious place to pray. Jamme Masjid Reading, which has already tried to build a new mosque in Green Road, says that it reached an agreement to buy the building on March 28."
"Trustees of the group, currently based in a cramped, converted Victorian house in Alexandra Road, calling on members of the Muslim community to help raise the £400,000 needed to refurbish the building."
"The current mosque has overgrown its building quite badly and the parking is a big issue, as is people coming onto the streets after prayer, but here there won't be those problems. Its got its own space now, it's in the right place for the community and there's ample parking. It's perfect all round and it will serve the community really well."

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