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Scottish and Southern plan mains upgrades in the Spring Gardens area from 17 February

Elizabeth Walk on Saturday 2 July

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) intend to modernise the electricity mains on Milman Road, Spring Gardens, Essex Street, Mellor Walk, Aveley Walk and Elizabeth Walk between 17 February and 6 April. This will lead to 30 minute electrical power outages whilst the electricity supply is switched from the old to the new mains cable.

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Heritage Open Days events 2019 in and around Katesgrove

Heritage Open Days (HODs) are celebrating their 25th birthday with an extended programme of events over ten days from 13 to 22 September. There are over 40 participating venues and events in Reading this year and you don’t have to go too far from the Whitley Pump for some of them.

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Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives

Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100 to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims:
-Improving energy efficiency
-Reducing carbon emissions
-Support sustainability in the local community including educational projects

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Walking stages 3 and 4 of the IDR

The ski jump at the end of the IDR in 1984. The Hook and Tackle is the on the left, painted white.

Having carved its way from Caversham Road to the foot of Southampton Street, in the 1970s Reading’s Inner Distribution Road (IDR) stopped abruptly at the ‘ski jump’ where the Oracle roundabout now is. During this hiatus, Reading consulted and debated about whether and how to continue.

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Reading Community Energy Society looks for buildings suitable for solar generation

Reading Community Energy Society (RCES) is a not-for-profit social enterprise founded in 2016 to establish community-owned renewable energy facilities in the Reading area. They are looking for owners and users of large buildings in the town who would like renewable energy facilities installed.

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Keeping snug as a bug in a rug

Draughts, rising fuel costs, no heating or inefficient heating systems; what is it that makes us shiver our way through the winter up on Katesgrove Hill?

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Get help with heating this winter

Reading Borough Council Winter Watch 2015

Reading residents who are on a low income and over 60 years old, or have very young children, or a disability or health problem could qualify for help from the council’s Winter Watch scheme.

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Finale to last week’s Council Meeting

The Mastersingers of Nuremberg

Last week’s Council Meeting was longer than some Wagner operas and councillors were visibly flagging by the end. So much so, that the final agenda item was almost forgotten.

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Pedestrian diversion on Elizabeth Walk

Elizabeth Walk on Saturday 2 July

Work on Elizabeth Walk started by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSE) on 2 July has blocked the pedestrian walkway between the junction with Essex Street and Milman Road Health Centre.

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New gas mains on Southampton Street may cause delay from 10 May

Road works

SGN is laying a gas main on Southampton Street near the Crown Street and Pell Street junction from 10 until 18 May.

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The annoying beeping on Aveley Walk has stopped

Sub-station at Aveley Walk

After a couple of weeks of hearing an annoying beep emanating from the sub-station on Aveley Walk, Whitley Pump contacted Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEpd).

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