Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Labour Shuffles The Pack At Reading Council

Changes At Reading Council Leadership Team
The Labour Party administration at Reading Borough Council will confirm a reshuffle of lead member positions and revised portfolios at the Annual General Meeting of the council tomorrow (Wednesday 23rd May).

The revised line-up will be as follows:

Leader - Councillor Jo Lovelock
Deputy Leader - Cllr Tony Page

Lead Member Portfolios

  • Adult Social Care - Cllr Tony Jones (replaces Cllr Rachel Eden)
  • Children's Services - Cllr Liz Terry (replaces Cllr Jan Gavin)
  • Corporate & Consumer Services - Cllr Jason Brock (new position)
  • Culture, Heritage & Recreation - Cllr Sarah Hacker (revised portfolio)
  • Education - Cllr Ashley Pearce (replaces Cllr Tony Jones)
  • Health, Wellbeing & Sport - Cllr Graham Hoskin (revised portfolio)
  • Housing - Cllr John Ennis
  • Neighbourhoods & Communities - Cllr Sophia James (revised portfolio, replaces Cllr Liz Terry)
  • Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport - Cllr Tony Page

Committee Chairs

  • Adult Social Care, Children's Services & Education - Cllr David Absolom
  • Housing, Neighbourhoods & Lesiure - Cllr Richard Davies
  • Licensing Committee - Cllr Paul Woodward
  • Planning Committee - Cllr Chris Maskell
  • Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport - Cllr Debs Absolom
  • Transport Management Sub Committee - Cllr Mohammed Ayub

The following other nominations will be made:

  • Mayor - Cllr Deborah Edwards
  • Deputy Mayor - Cllr Paul Woodward

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Cintra Park Upgrade

Work started this week on a £70,000 upgrade in Cintra Park.

The multi-use games area at Cintra Park which opened in July 2006 has now reached the end of its life and is to be refurbished. As well as a new surface, new perimeter fencing will also be installed and the floodlighting will be inspected.

The work  will be carried out the work during May and June, thus avoiding the football season and the school summer holidays. Regular hirers should not be affected by the five week closure as alternative pitches will be offered. It is anticipated that the courts will be open to coincide with the start of Wimbledon.

In addition, the bark chippings in the play area will be replaced by a wetpour/rubber surface. This will reduce maintenance costs as there will no longer be an annual top up required. In addition a new large basket style swing to replace the rotating unit.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Redlands Public Surgery Today

Councilllors David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones hold public surgeries for residents in Redlands all the year round.

"Just Walk In" surgeries are held on the second Saturday of every month, alternately at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road and at the Hexham Road Community Centre. 

Surgery hours are 10.30am until noon.

No appointment is necessary, and all discussions are confidential.

Today's surgery is at St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road.

We also undertake regular "street surgeries" on most other Saturdays in the year. This is where we deliver notices to you a day or two beforehand, then on the following Saturday morning, if you want to see us you all  you have to do is put up the "Please Call In" notice in your window.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Reading Education Leader To Stand Down

Councillor Tony Jones has overseen big improvements
Reading's lead member for Education, Councillor Tony Jones, has announced that he is to stand down from the role at the annual meeting of the council later this month.

Reflecting on his time at the helm of school education across the town Councillor Jones commented:

"When I took this role on in 2015 I said that I would only do it for three years and that time is now up. I made improving standards in schools my priority and I'm pleased to say that progress has been made, though faster and further in some areas than others. 

Reading was judged to be 149th out of 152 councils when I started, now we are a top 50 education authority. But we can never be complacent and there is still a lot more to do, so it is now time for someone else to take up the challenge and move things on to another level. 

I am immensely grateful for all the support I have received from council staff and, in particular, I would like to thank the many school heads, teachers and governors, who face the on-going daily challenges of school under-funding while trying to recruit and hang-on to good classroom staff in an area of high housing costs, yet are crucial to bringing good education to the town's children. They have my sincere admiration."

Saturday, 5 May 2018

University of Reading - Street Support Team


A pilot community support scheme

The University of Reading has recently launched a new Street Support Team. The trial scheme is part of the University’s plans to promote positive community relationships between students and non-student neighbours.

The Street Support Team will provide advice to students socialising late at night, encouraging them to be responsible, respectful and safe when travelling through residential areas. The team will also help students feel safe and supported late at night and clean up any bottles/glass left on the streets, as they go.

The highly trained and highly visible team will be working in residential streets around the campus between 10pm and 4am several nights a week. They’ll primarily be based between:

·        Redlands Road and London Road, including St George’s Hall.
·        Whiteknights Road and Wokingham Road, including Bridges/Wessex Halls and the number 17 bus stop.
·        Northcourt Avenue and Christchurch Green, including St Patrick’s/Sherfield Halls and the number 21/21a bus stop.

"The University has created this trial based on views from local residents, neighbourhood police teams, Reading Borough Council and other community partners in the town. We are grateful for all the input and support.

The scheme will run as a trial over the summer and autumn terms. We’ll be reviewing the scheme regularly and we’d be very grateful for feedback so we can make sure the team are working in the best way possible. We will also use the feedback to consider long-term delivery."

Please send any questions or feedback to Sarah Gardner, Community Relations Manager at community@reading.ac.uk

Friday, 4 May 2018

Council Election: Labour Holds Redlands

LABOUR once again proved victorious in yesterday's council elections in Redlands.

The full result was:

David Absolom, Labour, 968 votes
Greens, 630 votes
Conservatives, 350 votes
LibDems, 211 votes

Thank you to everyone who voted for Redlands Labour - we never take your votes for granted. 

Well done David Absolom, a hard working councillor.

Photo: @chronicleadams / full coverage in the Reading Chronicle