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Review of 2019 at the Whitley Pump

The MERL’s new yarn bomb

Thank you to all our readers and regular and occasional contributors for making it a wonderful year on Katesgrove Hill. We hope that you continue to enjoy reading or contributing to the Whitley Pump in 2020.

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Active at South Reading Leisure Centre

South Reading Leisure Centre

Entrance to South Reading Leisure Centre

South Reading Leisure Centre is about 1.3 miles from the Whitley Pump. It takes half an hour to walk there, or it is right on the Emerald 5 bus route. I have to admit that apart from the famous purple tennis courts, I didn’t really know much about what the centre had to offer to southern Readingas; so I went to have a look.

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California (Katesgrove) Dreaming…

Hidden behind an ornate brick frontage on Milman Road stands a quietly growing giant. This giant is a tree, and not just any tree, but a Californian Redwood. It is the only tree on the street with a preservation order, thanks to efforts by local legends John and Edna Tuggey.

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The Redlands WI cedar tree in Cintra Park is still growing strong

It has been a few years since we last checked in on the Redlands Women’s Institute cedar tree in Cintra Park.

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Elgar Road could get HGV signage

The consultation on how to spend the neighbourhood portion (15%) of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) paid by developers or landowners on new developments in Reading ended on 14 September. The results of that exercise have been published in papers going to Reading Borough Council (RBC) policy committee on 26 November and councillors will be asked to approve recommendations on how to spend the money.

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Katesgrove, Whitley, Church and Redlands wards have £419,897 to spend

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is paid by developers or landowners on new developments and at least 15% of the money collected must be spent on local projects. Reading Borough Council (RBC) have agreed a way in which this money can be allocated that complies with government regulations and are now consulting with residents on which projects to prioritise.

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Council proposes spending £786,700 on improving Reading’s recreation grounds

This week, Reading Borough Council (RBC) will discuss spending £786,700 over the next two years on improving recreation areas across the town, including Cintra Park, Longbarn Recreation Area and Rabson’s Rec in south Reading.

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Katesgrove school received £57,488.50 ‘section 106’ contributions last year

£2.2 million of ‘section 106’ (s106) contributions were spent in Reading in the year ended 31 March 2017, according to a report received by Reading Borough Council’s policy committee on 12 April.

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Cintra Park

The avenue at Cintra Park

Reading’s Cintra Park is a world away from how it was even five years ago. Some ‘orrible kids, dog mess, violence and drugs weren’t uncommon. My cricket team and I even found a shotgun cartridge in the outfield when playing a game one evening.

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Are Reading’s Parks under threat because of budget cuts?

Have your say on the future of public parks. A national survey has been launched as part of an inquiry by the Communities and Local Government Committee to examine the impact of reduced local authority budgets on parks and consider concerns that their existence is under threat.

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The jubilee cedar tree in Cintra Park

Cintra Park and Waterloo Meadows are equidistant from the Whitley Pump, but Cintra Park, with its chestnut avenue and expansive lawns, is more formal than the meadows by the Kennet.

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Cintra Park benefits from developer contributions

Chestnut Avenue

Cintra Park benefited from £37,459 of payments from developers in the financial year ending 31 March 2016. The money was part of a total of £273,799 spent on Reading’s parks from these developer contributions, called ‘section 106’ or S106 payments.

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