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Goodbye from the Whitley Pump

Whitley Pump - May 2016

Whitley Pump roundabout

Whitley Pump Day, 12 May 2020 is our last day of operation and we will be switching off our virtual printing press today.

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Accounting in the time of Covid-19

The Kennet at County Lock - 23 December 2019

The Kennet at County Lock – 23 December 2019

The statutory deadline for production, audit and sign off of Reading Borough Council (RBC) accounts for the year ended 31 March 2020 has been extended from 31 July to 30 November 2020. This is the result of new  Government regulations for local authority accounts and audit during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reading Transport Strategy 2036 Consultation

Civic Offices

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are consulting on their draft transport strategy that will set Reading’s transport plans until 2036. It includes a local cycling and walking infrastructure plan which could mean more dedicated cycle lanes in south Reading.

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Signs of a start being made on Green Park railway station

Green Park Station

Green Park Station

Whitley Pump reader Andrew Coltman sent us some photographs of the site of Green Park railway station on the line between Reading and Basingstoke. It looks like the land has been cleared ready for building to commence.

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19 April 1164 – The Consecration of Reading Abbey

The hallowing of Reading Abbey

The Hallowing of the Church at Reading Abbey by Thomas Becket in 1164. Oil on canvas by Stephen Reid – 1920 © Reading Museum (Reading Borough Council)

Henry I founded Reading Abbey in 1121 but it was not consecrated until 19 April 1164 during the reign of his grandson Henry II.  The ceremony was carried out by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket and was attended by the King and his noblemen.

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Sustrans path on Waterloo Meadows has been surfaced

Waterloo Meadows Sustrans Path

Waterloo Meadows Sustrans Path

The path along the north bank of the Kennet through Waterloo Meadows has now been surfaced. This is part of improvements that Sustrans are carrying out to the pedestrian and cycle route.

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Bin collections start at 6 am for the forseeable future

Rubbish truck (Huma Jehan)

Rubbish truck

Reading Borough Council (RBC) are starting their bin collections at 6am each day until further notice. Up here on Katesgrove Hill that will start from tomorrow with our grey bin.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 3 April

Woodley Arms car park 30 March 2020

Proposed site of archaeological investigation work in the Woodley Arms car park

There were seven new planning and building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.
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Legislation allowing virtual council meetings comes in to force on 4 April

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Plato’s Allegory of the Cave by Jan Saenredam 1604

The legislation that will allow Reading Borough Council (RBC), to hold virtual meetings during the coronavirus epidemic comes in to force today, 4 April. Meetings can now be held by video or telephone conference. The regulations will remain in force until 7 May 2021.

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Matt Rodda MP interview during the pandemic

Matt Rodda at the Turbine House

Matt Rodda at the opening of the ‘In Reading Gaol by Reading Town’ exhibition at the Riverside Museum at Blake’s Lock

The Whitley Pump interviewed Matt Rodda in a socially-distanced telephone call on Friday 27 March. Parliament had closed for an early recess the previous Wednesday and we wanted to ask him about the adjustments that he had to make to the normal pattern of an MPs life.

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Waterfest cancelled because of Coronavirus

Waterfest 2019

Many spring and summer events are being cancelled or postponed in Reading to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Reading Borough Council have published a list of some spring and summer events, such as Waterfest in June, which have been affected.

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Rabble Theatre offers free online courses from 1 April

Rabble Theatre, formerly Reading Between the Lines or RBL, have devised an ingenious way of keeping theatre alive during the current coronavirus epidemic. They are offering free online drama and public speaking classes every Wednesday starting on 1 April.

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A history of the Woodley Arms

Woodley Arms - February 2019

Woodley Arms – February 2019

The Woodley Arms on Waldeck Street closed in 2012 and now looks sad, abandoned and derelict as it awaits demolition. The public house was built as part of the redevelopment of Spring Gardens in the 1970s and was the pub’s third incarnation.

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Planning and building control applications in south Reading for the week ending 28 March

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Whitley Pump 1923 – in the background Christchurch Conservation Area

There were 21 new planning and building control applications in south Reading this week. They may be discussed at one of the next Reading Borough Council planning applications committees.

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Council suspends green waste collection

Rubbish truck (Huma Jehan)

Rubbish truck (Huma Jehan)

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has suspended its green waste collections. RBC say that coronavirus-related staff shortages mean they need to concentrate resources on collecting recycled (burgundy bin) and non-recycled (black bin) household waste.

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Katesgrove parks are open but play areas are closed

Aveley Walk play area

Aveley Walk play area

On 23 March, the Government announced additional measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The steps included the closure of communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms. Katesgrove’s play areas are now closed.

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Matt Rodda speaks in Parliament about the new coronavirus bill

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP

Matt Rodda, Reading East MP (official portrait courtesy of the UK parliament).

Matt Rodda, MP for Reading East, spoke in the debate on the Coronavirus Bill on 23 March. The bill sets out the Government’s emergency powers to manage the coronavirus crisis in the United Kingdom.

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Register with Reading’s new community hub to help tackle coronavirus welfare needs

Community action response

Reading Voluntary Action (RVA) and Reading Borough Council have joined with the town’s voluntary groups to form the One Reading Community Hub. This will allow volunteers to help tackle the coronavirus crisis and allow anyone to register unmet but urgent welfare needs.

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Urgent meeting of RBC policy committee 24 March at 5pm

Reading Borough Council is closed

Reading Borough Council is closed

Reading Borough Council (RBC) will hold an urgent meeting of the policy committee this evening, 24 March, at 5pm. The first item on the agenda is the RBC response to the coronavirus epidemic. This includes proposals for the organisation of meetings and decision making at the council in the current situation.

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Reading’s Smallmead recycling centre closes until further notice

Re3 recycling site

Re3 recycling site

The re3 recycling centre at Smallmead, off the A33 in Reading, has closed to the public until further notice. They have done this because of the prime minister’s instructions to protect NHS services and vulnerable people by immediately closing non-essential businesses.

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