Sunday, 31 December 2017

Best of 2017

















As 2017 draws to a close, here are three highlights from the year.

1. Thank You For Giving Us A Labour MP!

Thank you to all the door knockers, envelope stuffers, polling station counters, leaflet deliverers and countless other helpers who delivered the campaign to make Matt Rodda our Labour MP in Reading East.

In Redlands we pride ourselves in working all the year round and now we have an MP who will match that commitment.

Get in touch if want to be part of our winning team. 

(posted on 11th June 2017)




A quick glance at our Key Stage 2 results shows that of 152 councils in England, Reading was judged to be 149th in 2013, 130th in 2014, 103rd in 2015 and 50th in 2016. 

And this year for the first time in 10 years schools in the borough achieved above the national average results.

This progress should not be taken for granted. We can note, but not be complacent, that the majority of children in Reading already study in good or outstanding schools. Our vision is for ALL pupils have that facility as soon as possible.

We must continue to offer school leaders, teachers, pupils and their families, a positive message of hope and constructive help. Practical steps have already included:
  • Undertaking a £61million school expansion plan, ranging from 10 new classrooms at Alfred Sutton Primary to a completely brand new school at Reading Girls.
  • Launching a 3 year schools’ performance improvement plan, which specifically includes support for closing the gaps in academic achievement and reducing the obstacles to recruiting and retaining teachers and school staff.
However, it is frustrating how little direct power the council actually has on the delivery of education in the town. For example:
  • The long-awaited decisions on the possible development of a new primary at Mapledurham is stuck somewhere in Whitehall
  • Oxfordshire County council recently launched a consultation on closing a secondary school where the majority of pupils come from Reading without even telling us.
  • Free schools can pop up anywhere rather than where a new school may be needed, regardless of the impact on existing schools.
  • Schools can decide to turn themselves into academies without any refunding of millions of pounds borrowed by the council for their improvement.
I am proud of the work Reading Council does in a relentless search to improve schools for all.

( posted on 5th June 2017)


This morning saw a new dawn in residents parking in Redlands. 

After five years of throwing ideas to and fro, Monday 23 January 2017 saw the start of the roll-out of the biggest single installation of residents parking in 40 years.

As we have said time and again, the new arrangements will take time to settle in - may even need tweaking - with the Pay and Display machines not arriving until next month.

If you have any early observations or questions, please do get in touch. 

(posted on 23th January 2017)








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