By Christine Lalley, Katesgrove Community Association environmental officer.
On Saturday 21 June, a dedicated bunch of people from Katesgrove Community Association (KCA) turned out to tidy up the underpass by the old Hook and Tackle Pub, now known as the Namaste Kitchen, on Katesgrove Lane.
The underpass is used by huge numbers of people, but it isn’t always treated with respect and suffers from graffiti, litter and weeds. Unfortunately, in the past, the tiles were treated by Reading Borough Council with anti-graffiti varnish which has now become part of the problem. The dirt catches in the varnish and, despite our valiant effort at scrubbing the tiles, there isn’t a huge difference to be seen, but we managed to collect litter and remove weeds.
Just as important was the visible expression of people caring for their neighbourhood, as was spreading the word about the Katesgrove Community Association.