Saturday, 11 May 2019

Redlands Public Surgery Today

Councillors David Absolom and Tony Jones will be holding their regular Labour Councillors' monthly public surgery at St Luke's Parish Hall, Erleigh Road (RG1 5LR) today between 10.30am and noon.

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 and the Hexham Road Community Centre (RG2 7UD).

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

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Redlands Public Surgery Today

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).

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

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Government Misses Deadline For Fifth Time - And Nobody Is Surprised

This is not about Brexit.
Or, at least, should not be about Brexit.
Image result for social care funding gap
On 10 April 2019 an updated briefing paper was published in the House of Commons library advising that the much awaited and much postponed green paper on social care, had once again been delayed. With all the attention swirling around Brexit, this significant fact went largely unreported. 

The briefing report noted that the green paper would now be published "at the earliest opportunity" - with no new date for publication stated. 

Meanwhile the government minister responsible, Matthew Hancock, seems more preoccupied in speaking out about Brexit, rather than his cabinet brief. (Try googling his name and news, and see for yourself).

Here's a link to an earlier piece, and nothing has moved on, which means more people have and are facing hardship.

There is no reason for this continuing delay ... and now, not even any excuses. 

The House of Commons Library

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Strong And Stable Leadership

On 17th April 2017 Theresa May said that only the Conservatives could provide "strong and stable leadership".

Well, that went well ...

Friday, 15 February 2019

Land Clearance Not MRT Related

Land at the eastern end of the Tesco car park was cleared of a tent encampment at the beginning of February. There have been some suggestions that this was somehow related to the former East Reading Mass Rapid Transport project.

In fact the request to clear the land came from Thames Valley Police and the Council's Anti Social Behaviour team as the area had been occupied by four tents for several months and posed a significant public health and safety risk (sharps/needles) and a lot of detritus had been left behind when the site was abandoned.

The site has been inspected by the Council's Tree Officer and it is expected  that the coppiced ash trees will form new shoots this growing season. No further on-going work is either in process or planned for the site.

The site was cleared by tractor and bucket as it was unsafe to do so by hand. On arrival it was evident that the tent dwellers had been cutting back trees for fire wood and several tree limbs were trimmed to tidy them up and provide access for clearance. Several self-seeded, multi stemmed ash trees were found to have been coppiced by the tent dwellers (again presumably for fire wood) and the cuts made by the tent dwellers were again tidied up by Council staff.

No trees have been felled (by the tent dwellers or Council staff) but several self-seeded, multi stemmed Ash trees have been coppiced as a result of the initial vandalism and tidying works. 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Redlands Resident Mo McSevney Picked By Labour

REDLANDS resident Mo McSevney has been chosen as the Labour Party candidate for this year’s Reading Borough Council elections in May 2019.

Mo lives in Rothbury Court on the Hexham Road estate with her partner and children.

She is a community organiser in south Reading, based in Northumberland Avenue, working to develop job opportunities and improve local facilities in the area. 

Her job has meant working with businesses and employers, including the university, Reading Buses and the council.

Mo said “I’m delighted to have been chosen to stand by Redlands Labour Party to represent the ward I live in. I believe that we need to stand up and make ourselves heard, so working with friends and neighbours, I have pressed the council on a wide range of issues including our park and open spaces, communal gardens, showers, bathrooms and bin rooms.

Jan, David and Tony are an impressive team of campaigners. I hope that with your trust I will be able to join them and our MP Matt Rodda in achieving more for the place I live in.”

Reading East MP Matt Rodda (pictured with Mo) said “I’ve known Mo for many years and I’m so pleased she is now getting a chance to serve on the council. I have no doubt that Mo will be a hard-working representative and a strong voice for Redlands and she has my full support.”

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Thank You Jan Gavin

Jan Gavin To Stand Down 
From Council

After eight years of dedicated service to Redlands residents Councillor Jan Gavin has decided to stand down from the council at the next elections in May 2019.
First elected in 2011, Jan soon became a familiar face around the ward leading on campaigns such as protecting our terraced streets as balanced communities; investment in our Council housing stock; improvements to Cintra Park; bespoke and innovative resident parking schemes; and so many more.
Jan has taken a special interest in planning matters and has served on the Planning Committee for the last eight years.
As well as being an active ward Councillor Jan was also a member of the Council’s leadership team for six years.
Jan said “I would like to thank the residents of Redlands for trusting me to be their representative on the council for the last eight years. It has been a privilege which I never took for granted. It has also been a very enjoyable and fascinating learning experience. 
I have met so many lovely residents over the years, who I hope I was able to help and who have certainly enriched my life. So, thank you Redlands.
The local Labour Party have selected Mo McSevney to stand for election in my place this May. 
Mo lives in Redlands and is already very active in the community. Mo will do a great job as your local councillor and I urge you to support her in May’s local elections.”
Redlands Matters says the role of a local councillor is often misunderstood, with some people believing that councillors are full-time employees of the council: this is not the case. To have served for eight years in a time of steadily reducing resources is a tremendous achievement, so we say:

Thank You Jan!

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Inspector Praises Health And Care Services In Reading

Reproduced from the Reading Chronicle - original story in full here

By Luke Adams Senior Reporter

Inspector review of health services in Reading full of praise

Representatives of the CQC, NHS and Reading Council meet to discuss review findings

A REVIEW of the town's health and social care system has praised the quality and compassionate nature of 'dedicated' staff.

The health watchdog carried out a review of the service, starting towards the end of October, which focussed on the needs of older residents.

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors looked at Reading Borough Council, hospitals, the ambulance service, community health services, GP practices, care homes and home care agencies during the five-day scrutiny.

Councillor Tony Jones, lead member for Adult Social Care, said: "Overall, this is a very good report for Reading, which recognises our positive work and highlights examples of good practice, as well as providing constructive feedback on the way forward where gaps have been identified." 

Inspectors examined whether Reading was well-led and the effectiveness of commissioning and delivering services.

Cathy Winfield, chief officer of Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “One of the key challenges facing the NHS is the provision of care for our ageing population, so it is pleasing to see this CQC review has recognised the good quality and compassionate care we provide for older people.

“There are many factors involved when helping older people, their families and carers navigate the health and social care system at a time when they are all feeling rather vulnerable.

“We are now looking at what more can be done to further improve things and create renewed opportunities for joint working, so we can address the areas the CQC inspectors feel need more attention.”

The report identified many areas of good practices across the board. People in Reading are much less likely to be kept in hospital when they are ready to leave, compared to other similar areas of the country."

Monday, 14 January 2019

Palmer Park Community Pool - Public Exhibition, Tuesday 15th January


Further to the blog post reproduced below (from 17th December 2019) just a reminder that tomorrow (Tuesday) will see the Public Exhibition in Palmer Park stadium as part of the on-going public consultation on the development of the new community pool in the park.
Reading council officers will be on hand between 3pm and 8pm to answer questions regarding the planning impact of a proposed development. 
This does not cover the detailed design of a new pool.
The deadline for written submissions is 22nd February 2019 (more details below)

Originally posted on Monday, 17 December 2019

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, 12 January 2019

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.