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Question to council: William Marshal

Richard Stainthorp to ask the Lead Councillor for Culture Heritage and Recreation: William Marshal As I am sure the Lead Councillor is awar...

14 Apr 2013

Real Nappy Week Next Week!

Next week is Real Nappy Week (15- 21 April 2013)  where all things cloth nappy are celebrated.  I have mentioned many times that I use cloth nappies on my boys but this is the last year I'll be able to say that.  The youngest is coming up to three and (hopefully) by next year nappies will be a thing of the past.

I have to admit I am going to be sad to see them go.  For a start they have saved me a fortune over the years - hundreds of pounds in-fact.  Secondly they are so pretty!  We have ones with stars, planets, reindeer & gingerbread men!  They have been so easy to use without a nappy pin in sight.  Lot's of parents who use cloth nappies feel the same - they just have so many benefits!  Would you believe me when I said they smell less because they do?  Chemicals in disposable nappies react with wee and pooh and cause a greater stink than a cloth nappy.

I am pleased to have saved tonnes of waste from landfill over the past 5 1/2 years.  I pity the archaeologists of the future as disposable nappies take about 500 years to degrade.  If the Tudors used disposable nappies they'd still be in the ground now!

For more information on using cloth nappies these are a couple of great websites:


Real Nappy Week is a great opportunity to find out more and get started with cloth as loads of retailers will be running competitions and special offers.

If you do take the plunge if you are a Reading resident you can claim £30 back from Reading Borough Council!  See here: http://www.reading.gov.uk/residents/GreenerLiving/real-nappies-in-reading/

10 Apr 2013

Battle Consultation on £1.5 Million Begins!

The consultation on how to allocate the £1.5 million received as a Section 106 contribution from the Battle Hospital re-development starts next week!  Battle councillors started pushing for this consultation in December 2011 when the Primary Care Trust withdrew from the planned medical centre.

Residents in the consultation area will receive a questionnaire by post but you can also complete the survey online (see button on the right).  There is a launch event at Battle Library on 16 April where Battle councillors and council officer will be available to discuss how the money can be spent and any ideas you may have.  I have to admit I am really looking forward to seeing what you, the residents, think is important and the ideas you have.

2 Apr 2013

Could this be good news for residents of Beresford Rd and Barnwood Close?

Every year Reading Borough Council review the on-road waiting restrictions.

This year the existing single yellow lines 'No Waiting Mon-Sat 8am - 6.30 pm' on Beresford Road  and on the corner of Barnwood Close are being review with a view of them becoming double yellow lines otherwise known as 'No Waiting At Anytime'.

I have logged numerous complaints from residents about vans parking on these single yellow lines.  Beresford Road is a difficult, narrow road anyway.  With vans blocking sight lines and parking on the pavement, it just makes things worse for road users and pedestrians.  I believe changing the restrictions will be a good thing and said so at the Traffic Management Advisory Panel the list was passed at.

There are also proposed changes to restrictions in Loverock Road.

The consultation notices have been put up and comments in support of the change are just as welcome as those against.  I welcome your comments too: sarah.hacker@reading.gov.uk

You can view the map here.

You can view the notice here.