Monday, 24 December 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Reading, Berkshire

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Redlands 20mph Zone - Better Enforcement On The Way

Redlands ward boundary in Blue / 20mph zone boundary in Red 
REDLANDS LABOUR is proud to have introduced the 20mph zone (Marked in red on the map opposite).

However, we are also aware how the speed limits are routinely abused and ignored by many thoughtless drivers.

Speaking at Reading Council's Policy Committee, Redlands ward councillor Tony Jones said "We are not giving up on 20mph areas and zones, we want to make them better" (*).

Among the many options and suggestions from residents under consideration are: road humps, road cushions, rumble strips, chicanes, road narrowing and speed cameras.

RBC has allocated money secured from planning developments to pay for the 20mph enhancements in Redlands. (The Green councillor voted against this item).

Any local residents who wish to add their comments or suggestions should email Councillor Tony Jones at

(*) You can hear Councillor Jones speak from minute 0:50:59 on the council webcast Policy Committee - 26 November 2018 - Item 8 - Community Infrastructure Levy link here.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Consultation on Palmer Park Community Pool

Reading Council has opened a consultation on the draft Palmer Park Development Framework. 

The main purpose of the framework is to provide a master plan for the area, showing options for how a pool could be accommodated on site, whilst recognising the park’s history and its vital role as an open space serving the local community.

The consultation takes place between 14th December 2018 and 22nd February 2019. The Council is now seeking your views on the proposals set out in the document. Comments will be taken into account in drawing up a final version.

Relevant information is provided at  Copies of the Draft Palmer Park Development Framework are also available to view during normal opening hours at Central Library, Palmer Park Library and the Civic Offices in Bridge Street.

An exhibition will be held at Palmer Park Stadium (Wokingham Road, Reading RG6 1LF) between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday 15th January 2019. This will provide an opportunity to speak with members of the team in an informal setting. There is no need to let the council know if you wish to attend beforehand.

All written responses should be sent to or Planning Policy Team, Reading Borough Council, Civic Offices Bridge Street, Reading RG1 2LU. Please provide written responses to the consultation by 5 p.m. on 22nd February 2019.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

ReadiFood Collection This Sunday

This blog has previously given publicity to the sadly-needed work of Reading's food bank ReadiFood.

We also know that many people are sympathetic to the idea of supporting a local food bank, but are not sure how to do so. Full details can be found here.

However, tomorrow (Sunday, 16th December 2018) a "pop up" public collection point will be open between 9.00am and 1.00pm outside the Co-op in Erleigh Road, east Reading.

If you are able to bring food items for donation you will be very welcome - or just come along and pop into the Co-op and buy something to donate there: what could be easier?

Please make a donation tomorrow if you possibly can.

Monday, 10 December 2018

NHS: Evening & Weekend Appointments With GPs Now Available

After a "soft launch" of the new evening and weekend appointments service shared across GPs in Reading, greater publicity is now being given to the "enhanced service". 

More details can be found here on the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group website.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Redlands Public Surgery - Saturday 8 December

Cllrs David Absolom, Jan Gavin and Tony Jones will be holding their regular Labour Councillors' Ward Public Surgery for residents at Hexham Road Community Centre, Bamburgh Close, RG2 7UD, between 10.30am and noon on Saturday.

No appointment is necessary and discussions are strictly confidential.

Ward surgeries are held on the second Saturday of each month, alternating between St Lukes Parish Hall, Erleigh Road (RG1 5LR) and the Hexham Road Community Centre (RG2 7UD).

David, Jan and Tony also undertake "street surgeries" on other Saturdays and weekdays - so watch out for the window poster coming through your letter-box!