Sunday, 24 July 2016

URGENT: ReadiFood Bank Is Running Short Of Food

I hate posting this, as I think it should all be so unnecessary, but ... I noticed a post on facebook - this appeal for food stuffs, which I am repeating here.


(We can sort out the politics another day!)

Tinned Vegetables
Tinned Potatoes
Tinned Fruit
Tinned Spaghetti
Tinned Ready Meals
Tinned Puddings
Please Please Please donate either direct to ReadiFood at Boulton Road or instore at your local Waitrose or Tesco.
Thank you very much.
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Reading Pupils Achieve Better than National Average in SATS

PUPILS in Reading achieved results above the national average in this year’s tests for 11-year-olds for the first time in ten years.
The tests taken in May 2016 by Year 6 pupils are the first to assess the new and more challenging national curriculum which was introduced in September 2014.
In the 2016 results, 54.4% of Year 6 pupils in Reading reached the new expected standard in the combined measure of the reading, writing and mathematics tests. This is higher than the national average of 53%.
This is the first time in over 10 years that Reading pupils in Year 6 have risen above the national average in the combined score, which is a critical measure in relation to the government’s floor standards.
Attainment by Reading pupils in writing was 75.8%, above the national percentage at 74%. In the reading test 65% of pupils achieved the expected standard, compared with 66% nationally. In the mathematics test, 67.7% of pupils achieved the standard compared with 70% nationally. In the grammar, punctuation and spelling 74.7% of pupils reached the expected standard compared to 74% nationally.
Councillor Tony Jones, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Education, said:
“I’m particularly pleased for the children and staff, within all schools and academies, who have worked in close partnership to achieve results which are above the national average.
“While not being complacent or thinking this is high enough, it is important to note this is the best overall results for Year 6 Reading children in 10 years, in terms of the national picture. This puts those children who have done well in a good position as they start their secondary education.
“I would like to congratulate all pupils and their families on their individual achievements.”

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

If You Tolerate This ...

Just wanted to post this.

Residents Parking Review Begins

A DETAILED review of residents parking and permit schemes in Reading begins this week and will run through the summer.
As demand for limited parking spaces in Reading continues to increase, the Council has set up a scrutiny task and finish group to take an in-depth look at parking pressures and the obvious impact on local residents.
The cross-party group will look at why parking pressures are increasing, what works well with the current residents parking scheme and what doesn't, how other local authorities with similar parking pressures operate permit schemes, and possible future recommendations for changes to the Reading permit scheme.
There are currently around 13,000 households located within the existing 19 residents parking zones in Reading. First permits are free, with a charge for second permits. In 2011/2012, the parking permit service and the zoning system was updated. 52 zones were re-organised into 19 larger zones, with a better split between the number of permits being issued and the number of on-street parking spaces available. Despite the extra capacity and flexibility built in as part of the changes, increasing demands mean many of the zones are near to 100% capacity, with more permits issued than parking spaces available in three of the existing 19 zones. 
Councillor Tony Jones was appointed Chair of the Task and Finish Group at a meeting of the Council's Traffic Management Sub Committee last month. 
He said: "Parking permits first came to Reading in the mid-1970's to allow residents to park in streets that would otherwise have been occupied by shoppers or commuters. The rationale of the scheme remains the same, but the town has changed massively over 40 years. Reading is a major destination for employment and shopping. Set alongside the explosion in car ownership, the number of houses converted into flats and an increasing population, the impact on limited parking spaces is clear.
"As parking pressures grow so does demand for the introduction of residents parking schemes, which has spread from central Reading to other parts of the town. The job of the scrutiny panel is to consider whether the current permit scheme remains the right one for Reading, and to look at what how Council's coping with similar parking pressures operate permit schemes, and how enforcement and administration costs are covered.
"Key to this process will be feedback from local residents who experience parking pressures on a daily basis, and the frustration of not always being able to park near their homes. I would ask them to contact me directly with comments on the current scheme, what works well and what they would like to see change."
Starting on July 4th and over the next six weeks residents can email scrutiny chair Cllr Jones directly with their feedback for the panel. There is more information
The closing date for comments is August 14th.
 All evidence and feedback will then be considered by the scrutiny task and finish group, before the findings and recommendations are considered by a meeting of the Council's Traffic Management Sub Committee in November this year.
Residents Parking Scrutiny Task and Finish Group
The Terms of Reference for the scrutiny task and finish review were agreed at a meeting of the Council's Traffic Management Sub Committee on June15th and are: "To review the performance and current and future arrangements for delivery of Parking Services with a focus on the services relating to residents parking schemes." 
Cross party members of the Residents Parking Scrutiny Task and Finish Group are: Cllr Tony Jones (Chair); Cllr Debs Absolom; Cllr Sarah Hacker; Cllr Liz Terry; Cllr Ed Hopper; Cllr Rob White

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Residents Parking - Scrutiny Review

Full details of Reading Council's scrutiny review of residents parking schemes used across the borough will be published tomorrow.

I will be chairing the all-party review and will welcome views submitted directly to me, by mid-August, here  

More tomorrow.