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Information Commissioner orders Council to publish confidential Arthur Hill Baths report

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has instructed Reading Borough Council (RBC) to publish an unredacted version of an internal report used in the sale of Arthur Hill Memorial Baths. The ICO said that RBC had not provided evidence or arguments to supports its decision to withhold this information for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

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Oscar Night at the RBC Policy Committee: the winner is Greenwich Leisure!

Rivermead in June 2017

The Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 20 January was meant to be an Oscar night for an unnamed winner of the Award to Design, Build and Maintain Reading’s Boroughwide Leisure Centres, who would only ever be referred to as bidder A.  The frustration of the procurement process was too much and the compère, RBC leader Jason Brock, decided to reveal the successful bidder’s name. But wait, hadn’t RBC chief executive officer (CEO) Peter Sloman already done that?

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Don’t look at this thing! Look at that thing, over there!

By Scaramouche.

Reading Borough Council treated the town to a masterclass in diversion and obfuscation at their council meeting of 26 February, only managing to clarify that councillors were not obliged to clarify anything, and that rather than asking pettyfogging questions about how they were spending their money, the public should bask in the glow of virtue signalling instead.

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Protestors disrupt council policy meeting

Peter Burt, from the Save Arthur Hill Baths campaign

Protestors from Reclaim Reading, a group who use art and provocative actions to ask who controls Reading, served a ‘public information notice’ at the Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy meeting on Monday 24 September.

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Three protests at council policy committee meeting

Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on the evening Monday 16 July saw three very different public protests played out in front of councillors and RBC officers.

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Arthur Hill swimming pool is on the market

Arthur Hill Baths, the heritage swimming pool on the Park and Redlands ward borders and the nearest swimming pool to the Whitley Pump, is open for voluntary sector bids until 21 March 2018.

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Councillor’s “misdirected” remark condemned by Arthur Hill campaigners

Arthur Hill Baths

Campaigners who have raised over £10,000 to keep Arthur Hill Baths open have condemned councillor Paul Gittings for saying that their fundraising effort was “misdirected.”

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The year on Katesgrove Hill

Some years are defined by great songs, some by great personalities, some by great tragedies. This year has been alarming both nationally and internationally, but on the oft-ignored local level, the year was defined by the sound of the tide going out on civic society. The world clearly has bigger problems than the damage wrought by the tortured thrashing of Reading Borough Council as it gets strangled by central government, but one can only be dismayed at the prospect of more of the same next year, exacerbated by the council’s difficulty in controlling its finances.

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Campaign to save Arthur Hill swimming pool reaches £10k target

Arthur Hill Baths

The campaign to save the Arthur Hill swimming pool has been so successful at reaching its £10,000 target that they have decided to reach for an extra £2,000 to allow essential repair work to begin.

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Whitley was in the Domesday Book

The Domesday entry for Whitley is in the bottom right hand corner

The Domesday entry for Whitley is in the bottom right hand corner

It has been 950 years since the Battle of Hastings, and 2016 has seen many events to commemorate the anniversary. After 1066 came the Bayeux Tapestry, and 20 years later the Domesday Book recorded the wealth of the nation.

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Arthur Hill Memorial Baths to close this year

Arthur Hill Baths

A proposal will be put before the next Reading Borough Council policy committee meeting on 26 September 2016 to close the Arthur Hill Memorial Baths on 19 December this year.

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How far to swim?

Arthur Hill Baths

Arthur Hill Baths

Arthur Hill Memorial Baths and Reading’s Central Pool may be replaced within the next five years by modern facilities. The policy committee of Reading Borough Council considered a review of leisure facilities and future provision at their meeting on 30 November 2015 and Katesgrove swimmers may have further to travel in the future.

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