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Reading Borough Council coronavirus updates

Reading Borough Crest

Reading Borough Crest

Reading Borough Council has a web page dedicated to changes to their services during the coronavirus epidemic. The civic offices are now closed to the public except if you have an appointment to register a birth or death. If you need to contact the council, then do so online or by phoning them on 0118 937 3787.

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Reading Borough Council closes its public buildings from 17 March

Reading Borough Council (RBC) closes its buildings to the public from today, Tuesday 17 March. This includes the civic offices, Reading Museum and Town Hall, arts and theatre venues, libraries, community buildings and leisure centres. RBC has decided to do this in response to latest government advice on the coronavirus epidemic.

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Improving access to physical activity for disabled people

Madejski stadium. Photo (c) Simone Illger

On 10 March, I attended a forum at the Madejski Stadium that aimed to bring the physical activity and disability sectors together so they could share good practice, and explore new and improved inclusive opportunities for disabled people. The event was organised by Get Berkshire Active, whose aim is to work with partners and stakeholders to inspire, enhance, co-ordinate and deliver physical activity where they matter locally.

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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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Whitley Library will be closed from 12 noon on Christmas Eve until 2 January 2020

The South Reading Community Hub

Whitley Library on Northumberland Avenue will stay open until 12 noon on Christmas Eve. It will not then re-open until Thursday 2 January at 9am when normal opening hours resume. No books are due back during the period when the library is closed.

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South Reading Leisure Centre opening times over Christmas and New Year

South Reading Leisure Centre

South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue will be closed from 24 until 27 December, as well as 30 December and 1 January. It will open from 8am to 4pm on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 December, and from 8am to 2pm on 31 December.

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Tai Chi at Christ the King parish hall in Whitley

Tai Chi class at Christ the King

Tai Chi class at Christ the King

Age UK Berkshire run Tai Chi classes in the parish hall at Christ the King on Northumberland Avenue. The last class of 2019 before the Christmas break was on Wednesday 4 December and was followed by festive refreshments.

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The new Whitley Community Youth FC wins 2-0 against Directions FC!

By Maria Cox at the Whitley Community Development Association.

Whitley Community Youth Football Club match-day strip

Whitley Community Youth Football Club match-day strip

The newly-founded Whitley Community Youth Football Club (WCY FC) won their second-ever game 2-0 against Directions FC at the Maiden Erlegh School’s Hamilton Road pitch on 21 September.

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Two years on, what has changed on the scenic route to the Madejski Stadium?

Sustrans signpost on Waterloo Meadows

Reading were at home to Sheffield Wednesday for their first game of the 2018/19 season. It was a fine day, so we decided to see what had changed since 2017 on the scenic cross-country route from the Whitley Pump to the Madejski Stadium.

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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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Reading Borough Council’s ‘Active Reading’ consultation

Here at the Whitley Pump offices where we sit all day, every day, in front of our computers, with the curtains drawn and a pile of empty coffee cups in the sink, we thought we should have a look at what Active Reading was all about. The council’s online consultation only runs until 14 August so we thought we had better get our skates on.

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South Reading tennis courts improved – shame about the tatty banners!

The four tennis courts at South Reading Leisure Centre on Northumberland Avenue have been given an upgrade with new nets and posts. The hard courts have also been painted purple and green. A shame the banners on the fencing weren’t tidied up too!

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Two University planning applications mentioned at planning committee

Under the new chairmanship of Whitley ward councillor Emmett McKenna, two University planning applications were mentioned at the first Reading Borough Council (RBC) planning applications committee of the new mayoral year.

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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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Windrush Day comes to south Reading on 22 June

Image courtesy of BAFA.

Reading celebrates the Windrush generation’s contribution to the town with four events, starting with a sports day at South Reading Leisure Centre on Windrush day, 22 June.

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Learn to Bowl at Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road

Reading Bowling Club on Kendrick Road in Katesgrove are holding two ‘Learn to Bowl’ days on 5 May and 1 June this summer.

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Sage Reading half marathon on Sunday 17 March

Black History Mural on race day 2018

Last year, the Reading half marathon was called off at short notice because of treacherous, icy conditions on the roads. The weather remains unpredictable this year; Reading may have had some of its best summer weather in February!

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29 December – Reading’s last game of 2018

Shepherd’s Bush Green War Memorial

The last Saturday of the year and Reading‘s last game of 2018 is away against Queen’s Park Rangers.

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22 December – Reading FC’s last home game of the year

Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge (2004)

Reading play their last home game of 2018 today. Their opponents are Middlesbrough who are sixth in the Championship table.

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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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